By: Jake Mackey
One Boston sports team had a successful night in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and that was the Boston Red Sox as they finished off their short two-game stint a Turner Field with an 11-4 win. The win was on the heels of the first truly great performance by David Price in a Red Sox uniform. In eight innings, Price only allowed six hits, with two earned runs, while striking out an astonishing 14 hitters. That is the David Price that John Henry opened up the checkbook for this past winter.
At the plate, the Red Sox came out of the gate hot and finished the night hot. They scored four runs in the first inning on the back of a three-run home run by Travis Shaw, his second of 2016. Soon there after, Brock Holt doubled bringing in Jackie Bradley Jr. For the second straight start, David Price was handed a big lead early in the game. This time however he was able to shut the door, but it did not come without an early bump in the road.
Price was batted around early in the first inning with Jeff Francoeur bringing in Adonis Garcia on a single. It was evident that Price was rattled early, and as he would say, “The duck feet were flapping beneath the surface.” However, after a brief mound visit to cool the tension, Price settled in and pitched his best game as a Red Sox player so far.
The Red Sox cooled off offensively only scoring two more runs throughout the next seven innings, on a wild pitch in the fifth in which Travis Shaw scored, and on a Xander Bogaerts double in the seventh that drove in Mookie Betts.
The top of the ninth though came with a lot of offense for the Red Sox. With one out and Christian Vasquez in scoring position, Dustin Pedroia knocked him in stretching the lead to 7-2. After Pedroia was forced out at second on a ground ball by Xander Bogaerts, the Red Sox had men on the corners with two outs in the ninth up by five runs, with the red hot Travis Shaw stepping up to the plate. Shaw proceeded to smack a line drive to center field bringing in both base runners and extending the lead to seven. In addition, Hanley Ramirez doubled bringing in Shaw, and Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to bring in Ramirez capping off a five run ninth inning, four of which came with two outs.
Newly called up Pat Light got the nod for the ninth inning. Light was just called up to the big leagues from Pawtucket on Saturday, and it was evident on Tuesday night as he gave up two earned runs in his one inning pitched. Although he was able to shut the door on a Braves comeback, sealing the Red Sox 11th win of the season and their third straight. They will now travel back to Boston for two more games with the Braves, this time at Fenway Park. it would be nice if the Red Sox could manage a four-game sweep of the lowly braves going into their weekend series with the Yankees at Fenway.