Boston Routs Angels 9-0, Wins Sixth Straight Game
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2018,
Apr 20, 2018, 14:18
Pirates- While the two teams above have gotten good performances from the bullpen, the Pirates have not, ranking 29th in the league in reliever ERA (5.98).
Facing the American League East-leading Red Sox, Ohtani allowed three runs over two innings in the Angels' 10-1 loss in Tuesday night's series opener at Angel Stadium. He finished second in AL MVP voting two years ago, sixth last year and is now off to an even better start. That was all the cushion Rick Porcello would need, as the right-hander mowed down the Angels' high-powered lineup to help the Red Sox lock up their sixth straight victory, a 9-0 win.
The Red Sox hit just 17 homers in April during the 2017 season; they've already sent 17 out of the park with 12 games to go in the month this season. Yet on Tuesday night, the Red Sox wouldn't let up. He allowed three runs on four hits.
Nationals 5, Mets 2: Trea Turner had three hits and two runs, and visiting Washington never trailed in a win over NY, aided by Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino hitting back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth. Boston also pulled off an incredible comeback in the eighth inning, returning the favor to Tampa Bay for Opening Day.
Carson Smith, Michael Walden and Craig Kimbrel all got an inning of work in.
That was also the only other instance since 1900 when a team had won at least 15 of its first 17 games with a new manager, according to research from the Elias Sports Bureau. Mitch Moreland had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Then they added another three on Wednesday, one of which was a grand slam by Rafael Devers, his second home run in as many days.
The Boston Red Sox have been off to a hot start. The veteran first baseman is batting.296 on the season, and gives Boston another quality option at first base when Henley Ramirez moves to DH. Boston won all three games against Tampa Bay, scoring a total of 21 runs in three games.
Much of the damage has been done by Mookie Betts, who's hitting.353 with two home runs and ten RBI. That translated to a 22-4 record and 3.15 ERA.
We're not thinking ahead, you're thinking ahead. Eduardo Rodriguez will take the hill for Boston and will be opposed by Nick Tropeano. Betts fell behind 0-2 before drawing a nine-pitch walk that set up Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly.