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Red Sox Score Six Runs In The Bottom Of The 8th To Win Their Eighth Straight Game, Off To Their Best Start In Franchise History

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

This. Fuckin’. Team. I’m tired of having to preface every blog so far this season with something like — yeah, the Red Sox just beat a dog shit team again, but uh. The Red Sox were down 7-2 in the bottom of the 8th and still won. I don’t care who you’re playing against — that’s impressive. Those are still major leaguers on the other side. Barely, but major leaguers nonetheless.

This game was started by Eduardo Rodriguez, who was making his season debut and his first start since undergoing knee surgery last October. He looked sharp at times, but still did that thing he does where he throws a million pitches and can’t go deep into his start. He struck out the side in the first and had five strikeouts after two. Finished the day with seven strikeouts in all, but was only able to give the Red Sox three and two thirds innings on 92 pitches. The Rays got to him for three earned runs and a dinger, but he was impressive when he wasn’t busy nibbling at the strike zone.

After Rodriguez’s departure, Alex Cora would need to call upon six relievers before this one was in the books. Hector Velazquez, now delegated to the bullpen with Rodriguez coming off the disabled list, gave up two earned runs, as did Brian Johnson, who will lose his rotation spot once Drew Pomeranz is healthy enough to rejoin the team. Pomeranz threw 85 pitches for the PawSox today, went four and a third, allowed a couple earned runs on two hits, one of which was a home run, walked SIX fucking batters, and struck out one.

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For as great as this game ended up being, there was a really shitty part of it that the Red Sox weren’t able to erase with their dramatic late inning comeback. In the top of the seventh, Xander Bogaerts chased a ball down that he flipped towards the Rays’ dugout, thinking that somebody was standing at third base. Nobody was. Bogaerts injured his ankle sliding down the dugout steps and had to be helped off the field. He did save the ball from going into the dugout, though, which prevented another run from scoring. If he hadn’t done that, then this game could’ve ended much differently. As far as an update goes, there isn’t one. The only thing that the team is saying is that it’s an ankle injury and that he’ll be further evaluated on Monday.

Then came the bottom of the 8th. Red Sox down 7-2. Base hit Hanley Ramirez, double by Mitch Moreland, base hit Eduardo Nunez, double for Rafael Devers, base hit Christian Vazquez, base hit Mookie Betts, double for Andrew Benintendi and the Red Sox have got themselves a lead. It’s one of those fuckin’ years, man. This team isn’t comparable to 2004, 2007 or 2013, but sometimes, World Series or not, you just get a sense of “This team is special.” We are a mere nine games into 2018, and this team is special.

Craig Kimbrel came on for the top of the ninth and set the Rays down in order to complete the epic comeback. With their six-run eighth inning comeback victory against the Rays, the Red Sox have now won eight straight games after blowing Opening Day in Tampa, a game that Boston led 4-0 to start the bottom of the 8th inning. They could very easily be 9-0, but their 8-1 start is still the best start to a season in franchise history. You know, since 1901.

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With an off day on Monday, the Red Sox now set their sights on the Yankees, who held a 5-0 lead in the first inning on Sunday against the Orioles, only to blow that and lose 8-7 in 12 innings. New York had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the 12th, and had the game end with Giancarlo Stanton striking out for the fifth time. Again. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Stanton became the first player in the live ball era to strike out five times in a game with no hits twice in one season. The Yankees are ten games into their season. Hate to see that. See you Tuesday.

Final score: Red Sox 8, Rays 7