By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox picked up their second win of 2019 with a comeback 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night.
W: Matt Barnes (1-0)
L: Fernando Rodney (0-1)
S: Ryan Brasier (1)
Here are six thoughts from the game:
The Red Sox needed a bounce, and they got it:
There’s no doubt that things haven’t gone the Red Sox way in the first week of 2019, but their luck turned around a bit in the ninth inning Wednesday night. With the game tied 3-3 with two runners on and two out, Mookie Betts delivered the biggest hit of the young season to date, with some help from the third base bag.
Gold glove third baseman Matt Chapman might have made the play if not for the bag. Lord knows the Red Sox will take it.
Holt saves the game in the 8th:
With a runner on third with two outs in a 3-3 game in the eighth, Brock Holt went deep into the hole at short to save a run. (The call would be overturned on replay)
Matt Barnes appears to be Alex Cora’s reliever of choice, no matter the inning:
Cora used Barnes in the first two high-leverage situations he’s encountered this season.
The first came in the ninth inning in Seattle on Friday, when Barnes was called on for a save situation. The other came in the seventh in Oakland Wednesday night.
With the potential go-ahead run on first with two outs in the seventh, Cora went to Barnes to face Khris Davis, the reigning American League home run champ. Barnes struck out Davis to end the inning.
Barnes also pitched the eighth after finishing the seventh.
Ryan Brasier appears second in line:
With Barnes done for the night, Cora turned to Brasier for Boston’s second save situation of the season. Brasier tossed a scoreless frame to record the first save of his career.
Jurickson Profar Knoblauch’d the Red Sox back into the game:
With one out and one on in the sixth, Rafael Devers hit what should have been an inning-ending double play ball to second, but Jurickson Profar all kinds of butchered the throw to the bag:
Here's the wild throw by Profar that would have most likely ended the inning. Instead, it eventually led to the Sox tying the game. pic.twitter.com/i03hoEnbF9— Julian McWilliams (@JulianMack105) April 4, 2019
Two batters later, Mitch Moreland came through with a bases-loaded double against A’s lefty Ryan Buchter:
After being shutout in the first two games of the series, the Sox needed that hit badly.
Blake Swihart helps spark the offense:
The Red Sox went 21 innings without scoring before Swihart took A’s starter Marco Estrada deep for a solo home run. Swihart turned in a three-hit performance on a night the Sox needed it and scored the winning run in the ninth.
The Sox and A’s wrap up their series Thursday afternoon. Eduardo Rodriguez will take the ball against Oakland lefty Brett Anderson