On a night where Eduardo Rodriguez would have almost certainly been the headline after throwing six innings of two-run baseball, where he struck out three, Mookie Betts stole the show. Betts had a career-high three home runs and drove in five runs, as the Red Sox easily cruised past the now-reeling Baltimore Orioles by a score of 6-2.
Mookie Betts led off the game by launching a massive 400+ foot home run to straight away center field, that was only followed up by a home run by Dustin Pedroia. Betts followed up this at bat by hitting a line drive home run in the second inning that drove in another three runs. After being retired in the fourth inning on a line out to second base, Betts hit a solo shot to right field, which was his first opposite-field home run in his young career.
However, lets go back and talk about Eduardo Rodriguez for a minute; after all, he may end up being the much-needed #2 starter that all Red Sox fans, myself included, are enamored with. The first two innings were dominant for Eduardo Rodriguez, who was striking out guys and ramping up his velocity to 93-94 MPH. However, as the game progressed, E-Rod looked to be tiring, as he was losing velocity and not hitting his spots. The stat line does not show it, but Rodriguez was hit hard towards the end of the game but was bailed out by some awesome defense.
The Red Sox look to take the series against the Baltimore Orioles tonight, as Joe Kelly takes the mound at 7:05. Check back in for a full game recap.