The Red Sox were without slugger J.D. Martinez last night due to back spasms and it was clear they missed him. The Red Sox lost to the White Sox in the one game absence of Martinez by a score of 1-0. The offense could not get anything going without both Martinez and Mookie Betts. Two of the three best players in the American League this year. In a pathetic showing without J.D. in the lineup, getting shutout by the White Sox, Martinez was welcomed back into the lineup today.
In the shutout loss without J.D. playing, the Red Sox could only muster three hits and provided no run support for Chris Sale, who dominated his former team but still came out of the game with his third straight loss. I’m sure David Price was happy to see Martinez on the lineup card leading into his start.
The lineup just looks so much better when you see Martinez in it. He helped the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox. J.D. was 2-for-4 with a two-run HR into the Red Sox bullpen and a roped single into LF. Martinez now has 21 HRs to go along with 54 RBIs, leading the majors in both categories. J.D. just continues to prove how great of a signing he was for the Red Sox. He has been on fire all season, hitting the ball all over the ballpark and is providing the spark in the middle of the order that the Red Sox desperately needed after last year.
The Red Sox got down early in the afternoon game against the White Sox. David Price had a rough first inning, allowing the first three hitters to all reach base. Price allowed two runs in the first inning, but limited the damage by striking out two and forcing a ground out.
Thanks to sloppy play from the White Sox in the field, the Red Sox were able to get one run back in the bottom of the first. Andrew Benintendi walked to lead off the inning. Xander Bogaerts grounded into a fielder’s choice, but with an error committed by Tim Anderson, both runners were safe on the play. Martinez came up with Benny and X on base and grounded into another fielder’s choice as the White Sox attempted to turn a double play. A throwing error by Yoan Moncada led to Martinez reaching and Benintendi scoring on the play, making the score 2-1 White Sox.
The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second as Jackie Bradley Jr. sent an absolute moon shot to dead center field at Fenway. I’m not so sure the ball has landed yet. This tied the score at 2-2.
J.D. Martinez came up in the bottom of the fifth and wanted to do a little something about the score. With Bogaerts on base, Martinez launched his 21st home run, landing in the Red Sox bullpen. This ended up being the game-winning home run, as the Red Sox won 4-2.
Red Sox Bullpen
The Sox continued their strong bullpen play going with Joe Kelly for the 7th, Matt Barnes for the 8th, and Craig Kimbrel for the save in the 9th. The three of them combined to pitch three innings allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out five. Kelly earned his 12th hold, Barnes picked up his 14th hold, and Kimbrel converted his 20th save on the year.
David Price cruised after the first inning, allowing just three more hits and two walks in his other five innings of work. Price’s final line was 6 IP, 5 hits, 3 BB, and 6 K’s to pickup his 7th win of the season. Price is now 7-4 with a 4.00 ERA.
The Red Sox and White Sox finish their three-game set tomorrow at 1:05. The pitching matchup is Rick Porcello (8-2) against Reynaldo Lopez (1-4). The Red Sox look to take two out of three from the White Sox and gain another series win.