It was a rough week over at the ESPN offices. They kept the Sunday Night Baseball crew in-tact, and we were all rewarded with a helluva ballgame on Sunday evening that felt like a postseason match-up.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead early in the game with a monstrous home run from Hanley Ramirez that topped 440 feet over the green Monster. It almost hit that power tower in left (you know the one).
But the Cubs battled back. You see the grit and the fight in the Cubs; as the winner of this game would determine the series. Kris Bryant responded with a monster home run of his own. Then a passed ball tied the game at 2-2 and it headed that way until the bottom of the eighth when the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs.
Mookie Betts actually struck out; but then a passed ball with Hanley at the plate allowed the Red Sox to take the advantage of a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It wasn’t even a save opportunity when Craig Kimbrel entered in the ninth.
Eduardo Rodriguez was pretty phenomenal, at one point striking out five straight Chicago Cubs. The Red Sox are a very fun watch; albeit they’re not a team it’s come together for yet all at once. You can tell they’re on the verge of something big. That their best baseball is yet to be played. Taking two of three from the World Champions when you’re not firing on all cylinders is an indicator that this is a very dangerous ballclub in spells.
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