Betts set a Red Sox record while his team improved their worst stat.
“Awful. Awful”, manager Alex Cora said after the game.
Two-strike aggression is something that’s changed for the right fielder this season. It’s a much larger sample size of him leading off (353 games), however, than the other two spots (87 games combined).
Blue Jays 7, Twins 4: John Curtiss wild-pitched home two runs in the 10th inning, including the victor, as visiting Toronto handed Minnesota its 11th loss in 12 games.
Boston got two back in the bottom of the 13th before Nunez, whose homer to left rallied Boston in the 12th, hit one to the wall in center, where Abraham Almonte ended the threat and the wild night at Fenway.
The first one put the Red Sox on the board.
Betts has 11 of them (most in the majors) through the Sox’ first 30 games and is on pace to hit 59 homers this season after hitting just 24 a year ago.
Mitch Moreland hit his fourth home run of the season – and they have all been bombs – with one out, depositing the ball over the bullpen in straightaway right field.
He passed Williams with his fourth career three-home run performance Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. He would complete the trifecta with a much-needed insurance run in the seventh that put the Red Sox up 5-3.
“I think just my at-bats are a little bit different”. Verlander tied a career high by striking out 14 in eight shutout innings. Same way I do if it’s [a] 2-0 [count]. Betts broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 2014, so he was well aware of the significance of the connection to the Hall of Famer. They all want to drive the ball with every swing. Betts isn’t just trying to protect the plate, he’s is still looking to do damage.
The Royals have lost 0.4 units and are 4-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year.
“I don’t think it’s anything we preach. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty cool”. And his body control is exceptional. Still, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about the start we’ve seen from Betts and the Red Sox.