As many baseball players know, everyone experiences the frustration associated with being in a slump. Fortunately for the Red Sox, this 10 game losing streak has been put into the rear view. After tonight’s 7-1 victory against the Rays, the Sox are now on a 6 game winning streak as they climb up from the bottom of the AL East standings. They are 6 games back from Toronto and are 3 games below .500. Despite recent woes, the Red Sox are experiencing success from many of their younger contributors as they look to make some noise in the AL East.
After some minor controversy concerning David Price throwing at several batters, it appears that all the nerves were let out with a bench clearing scuffle last night. Tonight, the Sox were focused on the win. Rubby De La Rosa made his first major league start in nearly 3 years and looked as if it had been 3 weeks. He pitched 7 innings, allowing no runs off 4 hits. Brock Holt (pictured above) hit his first major league home run in the 3rd to jump out to a 2-0 lead. That would be all De La Rosa and the rest of the staff would need. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, which made it 7-0. JBJ also collided into the Green Monster on a fly ball, which allowed an inside the park home run for the Rays.
On the whole, it was a successful night for the Sox with solid performances from some of their younger prospects. In addition to De La Rosa, Bradley, and Holt, Jonathan Herrera went 3-4 with 2 runs scored. The Red Sox finish up the series against the Rays on Sunday and after they will be traveling against the Indians, Tigers, and Orioles for the next week and a half.