#RedSox Game Summary (June 29) Good, Better, Betts

#RedSox Game Summary (June 29) Good, better, Betts. Mookie Betts was a key contributor to the Red Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins, with clutch hitting, a diving grab, and a monster shot that ricocheted off a light stanchion atop the Green Monster. David Price also seemed more confident, going 7 innings and making just two rather serious mistakes: one, a fastball that caught too much of the plate to give Brian Dozier a first inning lead-off double. He subsequently scored on a fielder’s choice, and two, a changeup to Jorge Polanco in the 4th that just sort of drifted over the plate and said, “hit me please”, which Jorge was happy to do, for a double to center that scored two runs. One of those runs was scored by Robbie Grossman, whose line shot down the first base line took a weird bounce into the stands for a ground rule double. That wasn’t the only weirdness that happened in this game. In the 5th, Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a ball off the Monster that was momentarily caught in the ladder, allowing him to reach 2nd. That almost never happens. Price finished the game with 7 innings pitched, having given up 3 runs on 6 hits and no walks, while punching out 7. A very encouraging night for him. The Red Sox offense was slow to get uncorked vs. Twins starter Kyle Gibson. Mookie’s 4th inning Monster shot, however, seemed to get things going. In the 5th, JBJ’s ladder double scored Hanley Ramirez (who had walked), and Jackie scored subsequently on a fielder’s choice. Then, Christian Vazquez, who had reached thanks to an error by Jorge Polanco, scored on a single by Mookie, enabling Boston to take the lead, 4-3. Hanley added to the lead in the 6th with a solo shot to center, and rookie Tzu-Wei Lin tripled in the 7th, scoring on a Deven Marrero double. Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel finished Minnesota off. Boston beat Minnesota, 6-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 44-35. Game 79/83.

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