Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox opened up their series with the Oakland Athletics with a comeback 9-4 win Monday night.

W: Ryan Brasier (1-0)

L: Frankie Montas (4-2)

S: Matt Barnes (2)

Here are three takeaways from the win:

1. Bogaerts sparks comeback effort:

The Red Sox fell behind 4-0 early, before they flipped the game with a six-run third inning.

The Sox have struggled mightily to put together big innings in 2019, so there’s no doubt the third inning was a welcome sight. J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Michael Chavis also drove in runs as part of the six-run onslaught.

2. Chavis continues to produce:

Chavis got the start at first base and went 2-for-4 with three RBI. The rookie is now hitting .286 and has clearly earned a chance to continue playing every day at the big league level.

3. Cheering mediocrity:

Eduardo Rodriguez slogged his way through his outing and didn’t even make it out of the fifth, but Red Sox fans are apparently desperate to find something to cheer about in 2019:

Friendly Fenway, indeed.

Up next:

The Sox and A’s will play the second game of their series Tuesday night. Rick Porcello (1-3, 7.43 ERA) will oppose right-hander Aaron Brooks (2-2, 5.43 ERA).

You can hear Matt McCarthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Hardcore Baseball podcast and on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.