Boston, MA– Obviously, the Boston Red Sox have had a rough go of things during the early parts of the season, but hopefully they just turned a corner last night. In their second home game of the season, the Red Sox elevated their record to 4-9, even though things definitely seemed dire at the outset of the game.
Nathan Eovaldi's starting efforts were spoiled by a 5-0 lead by the Toronto Blue Jays and it seemed like Boston was going to find themselves in the loss column once again, but the Alex Cora-managed squad implemented their patented "never say die" attitude and after falling down by five runs, the comeback was on and Boston did not quit until the game was over.
4-9 is also a pretty good record, all things considered, because without Mitch Moreland's scorching hot start to the season, the Red Sox might not have any wins at all, as he has been the difference maker in every victory for the Sox. He currently has five home runs, four doubles, and twelve RBIs, and he's batting .275 for the team. Moreland's hot start has been one of the sole bright spots on the team.
He kept that momentum going last night, too, with a home run in the seventh inning to even the game at 5-5, and a ninth inning RBI double to score Mookie Betts, tying the game again at 6-6. Before tying the score, the Red Sox mounted their comeback thanks to RBI doubles from J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers, an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia, and a wild pitch that Xander Bogaerts took advantage of. Devers was ultimately the hero with a bases loaded chop single that scored Eduardo Nunez to give the Red Sox a 7-6 walk-off victory!
Marcus Walden ultimately got the win for the Red Sox, out of the bullpen, and it was good for his second win of the season. The starting pitching needs to figure out their flaws quickly, but the bullpen has been a surprisingly strong aspect of the team, especially since everyone considered that facet of the team to be the weakest on paper during the off-season and spring training. The Red Sox definitely need to build on this victory; it seems like a great morale booster for the team.