Right after the Orioles came into Fenway and swept the Red Sox with ease, the Red Sox picked up a sweep of their own over the Rays.
Right after everyone gave up hope way too early into the season, the Red Sox went out and dominated the defending American League Champions to even their record out at 3-3.
When I previewed this series, I had no idea what to expect. But this? This I did not expect to happen.
Wednesday’s game was also broadcasted on youtube, and available to watch for free as the game of the week.
Eovaldi would let up a run in the 3rd, but that would be all until the 4th. Christian Vazquez would homer yet again, a 3-run shot for his second of the season. His second in two days, and it gave the Red Sox the 3-1 lead.
The 5th would be an offensive explosion for the Red Sox.
JD Martinez hit a 2-RBI double to make it 5-1, followed by 4 more runs. Hernandez, Bogaerts, Vazquez and Arroyo would all pick up hits in the inning for a 6 run inning.
Nate Eovaldi would go 7, allowing just a run off of 3 hits and 7 K’s. His ERA through two starts so far is at 1.46, and is having a phenomenal start to his 2021 campaign.
“We’re a completely different team than we were last year, pitching-wise,” said Eovaldi. “Other teams are sleeping on us right now, which is fine, but we’ll be able to go out there and compete.”
Josh Taylor would pitch the 8th and 9th allowing a run off 2 hits.
Notable hitting performances: JD Martinez hit 1-for-4 but came up big in the 5th with a 2-RBI double to start a 5-run rally. Xander Bogaerts had another superb game as he went 3-for-3. Christian Vazquez also went a stellar 3-for-4, with a clutch 3-run home run in the 4th.
“I’m feeling good,” Vazquez said. “I’m feeling sexy at the plate.”
Vazquez, along with Martinez has started out 2021 on the right foot. The right-handed bat has hit .421 this season, with an OPS of 1.266. The catcher who describes himself as ‘feeling sexy’ at the plate currently, started at DH today. Plawecki took over behind the plate.
“I do believe that he’s one of the top catchers in the league,” said Alex Cora.
The Red Sox pitching staff has also not surrendered a single home run this season, the only team in the Majors to accumulate that measure.
Tomorrow, the Red Sox will begin a 3-game split in Baltimore, hoping to rebound from the series sweep of the first three games of the season. Eduardo Rodriguez will also make his first start of the season.
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