In a night where there was a twenty-run outburst between the two sides, the Red Sox put up an impressive 13 runs in what was expected to be a pitchers duel between Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.
Clearly both aces for their respective teams struggled. Quintana took the loss pitching only 2 2/3, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs. Chris Sale who was making his return back to Chicago since the off-season blockbuster trade, got the win pitching 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) 2 walks and 9 strike outs.
On Tuesday night for the Red Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field, it was basically a pre-game batting practice, turned home run derby during the actual game. The Red Sox who have been one of the league’s worst power hitting lineups in baseball, managed to hit six home runs in the game. They were led by the bottom of the order; Deven Marrero and Jackie Bradley Jr..
“It was pretty awesome just to go out there compete and have some big hits out there,” Marrero said. “It’s nice. I saw two curveballs and hit both of them pretty good. It was pretty fun.”
On the night Deven had his best MLB game offensively, going 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. While his counter part in the batting order, Jackie Bradley Jr., joined the home run party belting a three-run shot of his own in the fifth inning. Jackie finished the game going 2-for-3 with four RBI and two walks.
“Yeah, it was a close game. They swung the bats well, we swung the bats well,” said Bradley. “I was glad we were able to edge them out toward the end. Chris hung in there and battled. What more can you ask?”
Both Devin and Bradley got a little help in carrying their team to victory as both Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts had strong nights at the plate. Bogaerts who stayed hot at the dish went 4-for-5 with a home run, and Betts turned in a 2-for-6 night launching his second home run in as many days.
Almost never does one see two aces be off in the same game and struggle to make it through 5 innings. But just as rarely does one get to witness two bottom of the order bats who often struggle to make contact, or be labeled a “liability”, deliver and carry the offense to a win knocking in 9 of the 13 runs. That answer is easy, never. On this night though the bottom of the order carried the top of the order.