Boston Red Sox

It was highly anticipated, the first meeting of the Red Sox and Angels in the regular season. It was supposed to be a showdown.

It wasn’t.

The hype surrounding pitcher Shohei Ohtani was over by the second inning.

The Angels’ phenom departed after only 66 pitches, due to a blister on his right middle finger.

Ohtani gave up three runs on four hits in his two-inning outing, including the first of Mookie Betts‘ three home runs for the game.

The Angels bullpen didn’t fare much better, allowing the third inning to open up home-run derby style.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. started the Sox off with a two-run homer to deep right field. Then Brock Holt sent one sailing over the wall, bringing two more runs in, off Angels reliever Luke Bard.

Betts finished off the inning with his second home run of the game.

Home run production would continue, with a solo hit by Rafael Devers in the fourth followed by a third moon shot by Betts in the eighth.

The 10-1 win over Los Angeles allowed the Red Sox to improve to 14-2 on the season. They face the Angels again tonight in the second game of the West Coast swing.