BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 13-3 win over the Oakland Athletics:
“It’s fun getting to see, a lot of people doubted him . . . This is what I’ve always seen. He’s getting a lot of hits, but I think what I’ve seen is more good, consistent, hard contact.” - Mookie Betts on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s abilities and performance throughout his 17-game hitting streak.
“I feel confident right now. I’m kind of just taking what the pitcher’s giving me and just trying to hit it hard.” - Bradley on hitting with runners in scoring position during his 17-game hitting streak.
“I wouldn’t say it’s similar to what was going on last year. This is two starts in a row I’ve come out and been just a little to quick and things in my delivery have been a little out of sync.” - Rick Porcello on his struggles through his first three innings in Wednesday night’s start.
“I though the quality to his location got better as he got deeper into the game . . . He might’ve thrown through his sink a little bit [when] he was going to put the ball on the ground and some of those two-seamer stayed up and didn’t have the depth . . . The way he finished the six inning, [I] didn’t want to get him too deep into a pitch count, but still thought he was fresh to go back out for the seventh . . . He started to get a better feel [for his pitches] as he got deeper into the ball game.” - John Farrell on Porcello’s ability to adjust throughout his start.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. logged his second six-RBI game of the series in Wednesday’s win and his third three-hit game during his 17-game hitting streak. During the 17-game tear, Bradley’s hitting .406, going 26-64. He’s also knocked in 24 runs, hit 6 homers, three triples and five doubles.
* The Red Sox have scored 13 or more runs in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. The streak of 13 or more runs and 15 or more hits ties the longest streak in the majors in the last 100 years (with the other being done by the Colorado Rockies in 1996).
* With Wednesday’s win, the Red Sox swept back-to-back three game home series for the first time since July of 2011.
* Rick Porcello extended his quality-start streak to six in the win over Oakland. Wednesday’s start marks his 15th straight in which he threw for at least six innings, the longest active streak in the majors.
1) Jackie Bradley Jr.
The center fielder extending his hitting streak and got the offense rolling with his three-run home run in the second frame, finishing 3-5 with 6 RBIs of two homers and a double.
2) Rick Porcello
Despite being off, Boston’s starter squeaked his way through 6.2 innings of work, only allowing three runs.
3) Christian Vazquez
While JBJ had the big game behind him, Boston’s catcher had three hits himself, one being a double. He also scored three times.