The Red Sox pick up their first win of 2021, with an 11-2 win over the Rays that included an offensive parade and excellent pitching from starter Nick Pivetta.
The Red Sox scored just 5 runs in their first three games of the season, where they got swept by the Orioles and played a brand of baseball that looked oddly similar to last year.
Monday night was quite different though, as Nick Pivetta went 5 scoreless frames only giving up 2 hits. Pivetta’s command was not all that good, as he issued 4 walks and only 4 K’s. He said postgame his slider was working very well, but his fastball was not on point.
Several Red Sox had bounce back nights, but most notably Xander Bogaerts, who went 4-for-5.
A double from Franchy Cordero would give them the 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but the downpour didn’t start really until the 4th inning.
A sac fly from Hunter Renfroe would give the Red Sox the 2-0 lead, and an RBI groundout from Franchy Cordero would give them the 3-0 lead in the 4th.
In the 5th the surge would continue. Xander Bogaerts would hit an RBI double to drive in JD Martinez, but an errant throw would make it an inside-the-park HR to make it 5-0.
The 6th was the same business, an RBI double from Kike Hernandez that would turn into a triple to make it 6-0. Alex Verdugo would hit a sac fly to drive Hernandez in, which would make it 7-0.
Old friend Chris Mazza, who pitched last season for the Red Sox and was dealt in a four-player-trade in February, pitched the 6th, 7th, and 2/3 of the 8th and allowed 6 runs. Old friend Jeffrey Springs also pitched the last out of the 8th, who was included in that deal too.
Matt Andriese would pitch a clean 6th and 7th for the Red Sox, but the 8th inning would be trouble. Andriese would load the bases, and Darwinzon Hernandez would walk in 2 runs to make it 7-2, and Ottavino had to come in to get out of the jam.
The Red Sox would pick up 4 more runs in the 8th, making it an 11-2 ballgame. Phillips Valdez would shut the door in the 9th.
JD Martinez continued his dominance, as he went 3-for-4. Xander Bogaerts hit the ball well, as mentioned earlier. Christian Vazquez also stayed hot, going 2-for-4. Cordero also went 2-for-4.
“It was good,” Alex Cora said in regards to Franchyu Cordero. “That’s something we feel he can do. Obviously it’s not easy at this level. He tried ot make contact. I think he got jammed on that ball he hit off the wall. That’s probably a good sign for him. Good feedback. He doesn’t have to pull everything. He can stay inside the baseball and good things can happen.”
Martin Perez will get his first start of the season Tuesday night, as the Red Sox look to build off their momentum. The game is at 7:10 PM EST on NESN.