On Tuesday, June 29th, the Red Sox and Royals started a four-game set in Boston. The series had some competitiveness and fun to it for Boston fans. The Royals hung in there for a majority of the series but lost their focus today in the game leading to a blowout loss.
Game One: Red Sox 6, Royals 5
Game one was a lot of fun. Garrett Richards was on the mound for Boston, who has been seen as a drama queen over the last few weeks with the sticky stuff dilemma. He went 5.2 innings for the Sox, giving up 11 hits, five runs, and three home runs while somehow avoiding the loss. This game went back and forth. The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first after a Carlos Santana home run. Enrique Hernandez answered with a homer in the bottom half. The score was 3-1 after one inning.
In the second, the Royals hit two solo home runs to push the lead up to 5-1. Again, in the bottom half, the Sox would answer with a solo shot from Bobby Dalbec. We move to the bottom of the fourth now, where the Red Sox would seemingly get back in the game. Hunter Renfroe homered to right, scoring two, and cutting the deficit to one, 5 to 4. Then Michael Chavis would single and score Renfroe to tie the game at 5 in the 4th. In the 6th, Hunter Renfroe homered AGAIN and single-handedly won the Sox this ball game. They held off the Royals in the next three innings and escape with a 6-5 victory.
Game Two: Red Sox 7, Royals 6
This game was another fun back-and-forth affair. Nick Pivetta had a shaky start for Boston, going only 4.1 innings and letting up nine hits, six runs, and three long balls while striking out five. Once again, there was action right off the bat. The Royals homered in the first, and then the Red Sox answered on two singles for two runs in the bottom half of the frame. The Royals would tie it in the third on a single. In the bottom of the third, Renfroe singled in a run to retake the lead. A Michael A. Taylor two-run shot would give the Royals a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth, but a single and a sac fly in the bottom half of the 4th would regain the lead for Boston. Ryan O’Hearn then hit a two-run shot in the top of the 5th, and the Royals regained a one-run advantage at 6-5.
In this game, J.D. Martinez was the hero for Boston, doubling in the 6th to drive in two in what would end up being the winning runs, as the Sox came away with a 7-6 victory. Martinez had 4 RBI’s in the game.
Game Three: Red Sox 6, Royals 2
In a routine win for Boston, Martin Perez pitched well. He earned a win while letting up only two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. This game was a lot less entertaining than the first two. The Royals had a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, but it did not last long. J.D Martinez would hit a three-run bomb in the third. His score gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. Fast forward to the bottom 5, Xander Bogaerts singled and drove in a run, and then Martinez scored on a fielder’s choice. Renfroe homered in the 8th to make it 6-2 Sox, and that was all she wrote from a stormy night at Fenway.
Game Four: Red Sox 15, Royals 1
This game was a blowout. Nathan Eovaldi got a win very easily behind a scorching Red Sox offense. They had 15 runs on 17 hits. This included 4 home runs. Rafael Devers and Danny Santana were both 3 for 5 with 5 RBI’s. Hernandez and Martinez would homer for Boston along with Devers and Santana. The Royals stood no chance. With the win, the Sox would sweep, and are now on pace for 100.5 wins on the betting line.
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