Leon’s big day helps Red Sox start off homestand with win

@Connor Friend

Following a 4-4 road trip with series’ against the Phillies, Astros, and Royals, the Red Sox looked to start the home stand on a strong note. The Red Sox retired David Ortiz’ #34 on this same evening, honoring the slugger who helped break an 86 year curse and bring 3 titles to the city during his career. Early in the 1st, the Red Sox would jump out to an early 3-0 lead on a Xander Bogaerts double and two wild pitches. Sox starter Rick Porcello would cruise through the first three innings before receiving some trouble in the 4th frame. Andrelton Simmons would plate Albert Pujols for the Angels to make the game 3-1. Later in the 4th, Hanley Ramirez would smoke a 2-run shot to increase the lead for Porcello. 2 innings later Sandy Leon would crack a 2-run homer to make the game 7-1 for the Red Sox. Porcello would hit another speed bump in his start in the seventh, as the Angels would take 3 back, all on extra base hits. That would be the last of Porcello as he would take a seat after putting in 6.1 innings, allowing 8 hits and striking out 8 with 4 earned runs. Sandy Leon would supply the final gut punch to blow the game open in the 8th on a two run double to make it 9-4, and that would be the final score. In game 2 of the 3 on the home stand against the Angels, David Price |BOS|(2-1 5.14ERA)(L) takes on JC Ramirez |LAA|(6-5 4.59ERA).

THINGS TO WATCH FOR;

The Red Sox claimed 33-year old starter Doug Fister off waivers yesterday to get more depth at the starter spot. Fister has played for 4 different teams in the past and has a lifetime record of 77-76 with a 3.60ERA. Last season in 32 starts, Fister went 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA with the Astros. Fister is a solid option the Red Sox can use Fisters experience to slot him into the fifth starter slot until Eduardo Rodriguez is healthy again. The team also signed infielder Jhonny Peralta. Peralta offers a solid bat and average defense and could slide into the third base position if needed. Lack of production in the hot corner has caused a search for replacement of Pablo Sandoval. Peralta is a three-time All-Star, most recently in 2015 who could find his way to third base but will report to Pawtucket for the time being.

Red Sox starter David Price is looking to limit the number of walks in his starts. In 16 innings this year, Price has subsequently allowed 12 runs. Price has also allowed a home run in every start he has made this season, as he tries to get back to his form pre elbow injury.

A Texas Rangers victory today has given the Red Sox back sole possession of first place in the AL East. The Red Sox look to be in an absolute dog fight for position in the division this year with the Yankees. The Yankees got off to a hot start, but a 7 game losing streak helped the Red Sox get back on their feet. The division is always a very tight race as the Yankees and Tampa Bay both sit less than 3 games back of the Red Sox.

LINEUPS;

Red Sox
1 Betts RF
2 Pedroia 2B
3 Bogaerts SS
4 Moreland (L) 1B
5 Benintendi (L) (ROOKIE) LF
6 Ramirez DH
7 Bradley Jr (L) CF
8 Vasquez C
9 Marrero 3B

Angels
1 Maybin CF
2 Calhoun (L) RF
3 Pujols DH
4 Simmons SS
5 Maldonaldo C
6 Espinosa (S) 2B
7 Valbuena (L) 1B
8 Young Jr (S) LF
9 Pennington (S) 2B

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