Going into last night's game, the Red Sox were a huge question mark. Fresh off of losing a series at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Red Sox found themselves in second place in the AL East and a team trending in the wrong direction. After a travel day on Monday, the Red Sox took on Albert Suarez and the San Francisco Giants last night.
With a 10:15 ET start time, I would not be surprised if many of the Fenway Faithful were fast asleep before the Red Sox took the field at AT&T Park. In short, this was a phenomenal game. Rick Porcello and Albert Suarez struggled at times, but they both delivered strong performances and put their respective teams in a position to win. Porcello had a tough third and fourth inning, mainly from a two-run home run to Jarrett Parker in the third inning. Nevertheless, Porcello finished the day tossing six innings, relinquishing three runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking one.
The biggest surprise of this game was the performance of the Red Sox bullpen, which has been a massive question mark up until this point in the season. In four total innings, the bullpen registered four strikeouts, while only allowing two hits and zero runs. Moving forward, the bullpen's success will be a major factor in deciding whether or not the 2016 season is a success for Boston.
Next up is a fantastic pitching matchup between David Price and Madison Bumgarner. This game may start late again on the east coast, but I would try to tune in if I were you. As always, check back in for a full game preview.