Martinez Homers Twice, Red Sox Stay Hot

Jonathan Grant | August 12th, 2018

The Boston Red Sox have put together one of the best seasons in the history of baseball so far this season, and it looks like they will not be slowing down too much anytime soon. After a doubleheader on Saturday in which they won both games (5-0 and 6-4) against the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox have won nine of their last ten games. They are 9.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the division now as well, making them all but a lock to win the AL East, even if they had a massive collapse down the road.

They kept up the fantastic play against the tanking Orioles on Saturday. In the first game of the day, which started with the score at 5-0 in the second inning because that is when rain hit in July, the two at Camden Yards, the Red Sox got some help from David Price to help set them on course for the win. The pitcher had ten strikeouts, with at least one coming in each inning in which he pitched. JD Martinez, hitting at an astonishing clip was quiet. He failed to get a hit, but that would change in the nightcap.

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Martinez, who is hitting around .330 and with serious power continues to marvel, and if anyone was worried he would carry his form over from Game 1, they were mistaken. In a much tighter game this time around, the slugger produced two home runs for the Sox and batted in three RBI on jut two official at-bats. He now has 37 home runs, three ahead of Khris Davis and Jose Ramirez. He also is at .332, only behind teammate Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting for average. He also had to his lead in the RBI standings. He now has 104 of them, putting him a whole 12 above second place Davis.

The Red Sox will desperately be hoping that this can continue into the postseason. They have played so extremely well that they are going to go into the playoffs as massive favorites to win the World Series, and with that there is going to be some pressure, of course. One concern, if they indeed do set the MLB record for most wins in a season, will be whether or not they have “Warriored” themselves. The Golden State Warriors ran out of gas after breaking the regular season mark in the NBA. Could that be the only thing to halt the Red Sox’s historic progress?

 

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