Going into yesterday's matchup, there were a lot of question marks: could Joe Kelly put together a decent outing in his first start since April? Would the Red Sox offense, specifically Mookie Betts, start to produce after hitting a bit of a speed bump?
Well both of those questions were answered as Joe Kelly flirted with a no-hitter, and the Red Sox's offense, led by Mookie Betts' five RBIs, gave Boston a 9-1 victory.
Joe Kelly was able to get into the seventh inning with a no-hitter, but ultimately surrendered a run to third baseman Juan Uribe with two outs in the seventh inning. While throwing a no-hitter is a fantastic accomplishment, John Farrell had to be secretly pleased that Kelly was going to be taken out of the game, as he had already surpassed 100 pitches in his first MLB start since April. Kelly was able to throwing 6.2 innings of shutout baseball, while walking three and striking out seven.
Offensively, the Red Sox were clicking on all cylinders. Mookie Betts had himself a day, finishing with three hits, one of which was a grand slam, and five RBIs. Up and down the lineup everyone was hitting, except for Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart, who does not look all that comfortable at the plate since being called up two days ago to replace the injured Brock Holt.
The Red Sox were able to put together another quality performance, and they look to take the series this afternoon with the struggling Rick Porcello slated to take the rubber.