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    Toronto/Boston over 5.5 even:
    Boston (65-29), who owns the majors' best record, just keeps winning and adds to their 3.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. Coming into tonight's action, the Red Sox have now won 9 straight and are showing no signs of slowing down after sweeping Texas capped by a 4-2 victory last night. JD Martinez smoked a 2 run double, Xander Boagerts went 3 for 4 with an RBI including a triple, and Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi each collected 2 hits and scored a run. That was more than enough support for Chris Sale, who improved to 10-4 overall hurling 7 scoreless of 6 hit ball walking just one and striking out a dozen. Craig Kimbrel came on for the final 4 outs, all strikeouts, recording his 28th save in 30 opportunities (93%). Bartolo Colon scattered 3 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings but took the hard luck loss falling to 5-7 overall. The Bosox stay at Fenway to open a 4 game set with Toronto (42-49) who split a 2 game interleague miniseries with Atlanta dropping the latter 9-5 at SunTrust Park. Matt Albies went 2 for 4 smacking a pair of HR, his 19th and 20th of the season while driving in 4 runs. 5 other Braves each drove in a run, including last night's winner Mike Foltynewicz, who improved to 7-5 despite coughing up 5 runs on 6 hits in 6 2/3 walking 2 and striking out 6. Devon Travis crushed a pinch hit grand slam to cut the Braves' lead to 7-5 in the 7th, but the Jays could get no closer. Justin Smoak contributed a solo shot, his 14th of the season, but it wasn't enough as Sam Gaviglio lasted just an inning and two thirds surrendering 6 runs on 6 hits. Atlanta is now tied with Philadelphia for the lead in the NL East while Toronto now trails Boston by 21.5 games.

    Boston sends David Price (9-6 4.44) to the mound this evening in hopes of extending their winning streak to double digits. Price has been ineffective over his past few outings including his last, a no-decision at Kansas City in which the Red Sox won 15-4. Price gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings walking one and striking out 9. He faces a Blue Jays lineup batting a paltry .236 averaging about 4.4 runs per contest ranking smack in the middle of the AL with 120 HR. Injuries and inefficiency have hurt this Toronto team offensively, squandering numerous opportunities during poor timing. Very few Jays are hitting better than .250, including Yangervis Solarte (.248 16 48) who leads the club in production despite battling a 6 for 28 drought (.214). Smoak (.242 14 47) has hit safely in his last 5 games (.444), but is nowhere near his career highs from last season. Teoscar Hernandez (.256 13 35) is just 5 for his last 25 (.200) and has had a rough month's stretch thus far. Father time is catching up with the struggling Curtis Granderson (.241 9 28). who is in his 16th major league season. The 37 year old outfield veteran is just 4 for his last 24 this week (.167). The injury bug continues to bite Josh Donaldson (.234 5 16) who is currently battling a calf injury and has appeared in just 36 games all season.

    The Jays counter with J A Happ (10-5 4.44) who, like Price has been rocked over his last 2 outings. Happ has allowed 13 runs on 14 hits over his last 8 1/3 innings (14.10) including his last start, and 8-5 loss to the Yankees. he faces a Red Sox lineup hitting .272 overall averaging about 5.4 runs per contest, both leading the majors and ranking second behind the Yankees with 130 HR. Martinez (.330 28 79) has been hitting opposing pitchers like batting practice as of late. The 30 year old 8 year veteran is third in the AL in batting, and leads the majors in HR and RBI. JD has been on an absolute tear hitting safely over his last 7 games (.400) including 6 multi-hit contests and 15 RBI over that span. Mookie Betts (.350 22 44) is tops in the league in batting and just celebrating hitting his 100th career HR earlier last week. Betts has a 9 game hitting streak (.421) and his presence only makes an already dangerous lineup even more intimidating. Benintendi (.301 14 57) has just one more stolen base (17) than Betts (16), but is an amazing 14 for 23 (.609) over his last 6 games, all via the multi-hit variety. Boagerts (.283 14 57) is tied with Benintendi for second on the club in RBI and has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 (.417).

    We get a bargain of a price this evening at a venue that is one of the league's cornerstone paradises for hitters. Fenway Park offers the get it just high and deep enough Green Monster in left center where it is a mere 380 feet and only 310 down the left field line. Pesky's pole in right field is only a feeble 302 feet where foul balls could be mistaken for HR's. Right center field is about 420, but in these hot summer days and nights there is so much lift given the dimensions and shapes that going deep is just a stone's throw. Add to the fact that you have two struggling pitchers facing each other despite their positive winning marks, and you have a recipe for plenty of offense. We look to avenge last night's hard luck push and get back on the winning side this evening. Best of luck however you play!

  • #2

    A grand slam by Mookie Betts cashes this one in the bottom of the 4th! Thanks and congrats to all that followed!


    • #3

      At bat of the season for Betts.