Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Mariners
BOSTON -- Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners . . .
1) Rick Porcello continues to be a trustworthy starter.
The righty has yet to lose a home start, firstly. Second, he worked out of a tight spot in the first and overcame the two runs he spotted Seattle -- shutting them down in his final four innings.
“Rick did bend early, but certainly did not break,” John Farrell said. “Just a very solid and strong six innings today.”
Porcello’s zero walks played a huge role in his ability to scatter the eight hits allowed, too.
But lastly, when his offense gave him the lead, Porcello held it.
That can’t be said for all of the Red Sox starters throughout the season -- or even Porcello on every occasion. But he was able to make adjustments as the game progress, leaning heavily on his changeup for success as the game went on.
Farrell also bunched Porcello in with Steven Wright and David Price when talking about the consistency from the starting rotation.
“Well when you look at the three guys that have been steady for us -- and that’s Rick, obviously David and certainly Steven -- to have that dependability goes a long way,” Farrell said.
2) Hanley Ramirez is back on track.
While his two hits were most important in his performance, Ramirez’s theatrics at the end of the game were the true display that he’s finding his groove.
The eighth inning error by Ketel Marte allowed Ramirez to score all the way from second -- barely. And once he crossed the plate, he celebrated with the wild crow. He expressed his appreciation for following the game.
“This is Boston -- Sox Nation -- they bring a lot of energy to every game,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez fielded the game’s final out, gesturing as if he planned to tag Steve Clevenger, only to turn slowly back to first and calmly tag the base.
John Farrell recalled a slogan similar to one Boston used to describe the antics of a Red Sox player form the past.
“Well, Hanley has a way of being Hanley -- that’s the best way you can describe it,” Farrell said, paying homage to retired Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez.
3) The youthful power keeps on coming.
Both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts are both hitting home runs at a rate better than ever before.
Bradley has already hit more home runs than his previous high (10), smashing his 12th of 2016 in Saturday’s win.
“Anytime you can put a good swing on a pitch, drive it and do what you want to do, you’ve got to hope it lands somewhere,” Bradley said. “Just trying to see good pitches.”
Bogaerts turned on his ninth of the year, putting him three behind his career-high 12 in 2014. His home run ran Seattle’s rookie starter Adrian Sampson from his debut in the fifth inning, after Bradley had hit one off him in the previous frame.
Sampson was clearly tiring by the fourth, throwing his fastball in the upper 80s on multiple occasions, but Bradley didn’t seem to notice the starter’s fatigue.
“I don’t know whether he was fatiguing,” Bradley explained. “I wasn’t looking at the speed of his pitches later in the innings. Guys were just going up there with good approaches and they were able to execute.”
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