During tonight’s matchup with the Braves, J.D. Martinez went deep once again to tie Mookie Betts for the team (and league) lead. But Betts quickly turned around and sent his 17th home run of the season over the green monster.
With the Braves up 2-0 and Teheran ahead 0-2 in the count, Martinez was patient and didn’t chase the low slider or the high fastball (though neither were that close to the zone in all fairness). With the count 2-2, Martinez got a low inside curveball and sent it over the Monster. Two batters later, Bogaerts went deep for his 7th of the year, this time against a slider that missed badly high and out over the middle after Teheran fell behind 3-1. Bogaerts eyes went big and he unloaded.
A triple by Jackie Bradley, Jr. and a sac fly from Benintendi gave the Red Sox the lead, and they never gave it back.
Betts home run came in the bottom of the 7th off Wisler with Holt on base out to left-center field and put the game what felt, “out of reach” for the visiting Braves. It also gave him back the MLB home run lead. Betts & Martinez home run pace is even better than that of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz in their best years. 2018 could be a historic season for the Red Sox.
Following a bold move by Cora and Dombrowski releasing Ramirez, it was comforting to see the Red Sox showed no signs of being phased or slowing down.