Going into the rubber game at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, we all thought this would be a pitchers duel. Rick Porcello, while he has been off these past couple of starts, has exceeded expectations and been one of the better pitchers in Boston's rotation. While Porcello did not have his best stuff Sunday, he was able to work around difficult situations, like throwing 44 pitches in one inning, and give the Red Sox the opportunity to win the game. Porcello was not able to go deep into this game, nevertheless, he was able to last 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out five and walking one.
Cleveland strutted out Danny Salazar, who has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball to start the season. However, after giving up four runs on eight hits, Salazar was chased out of this game after a season-low 4.1 innings. While Salazar would look fantastic in a Red Sox uniform come August, this was not one of his best days. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. continued to mash the baseball, as the Red Sox dished out 12 hits and five runs, coasting to a 5-2 victory.
Oh, by the way, the Red Sox lead the Majors in hits, doubles, batting average, OPS and extra-base hits and have homered at least once in 22 straight games. But this isn't sustainable, right?
The Red Sox have a rare home off-day, getting back on the grind Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. David Price will be taking the mound. Check back in for a full game preview.