This past weekend could not have gone much better for the Red Sox, and in particular president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. In the process of sweeping the Yankees, the Sox got key contributions from Dombrowski’s mid-season trade acquisitions.
Here’s a look at how they did against the Yankees:
Acquired at the end of June from the Toronto Blue Jays, Pearce smacked four home runs in the first two games of the series, with three coming in Thursday night’s 15-7 win.
He brought the Red Sox back into the game after they fell behind, smacking a solo shot that landed in the monster seats in the second inning to get the Red Sox on the board. He then followed it up in the fourth inning with a three-run shot to Lansdowne Street that gave the Red Sox the lead for good, 6-4.
His third shot bounced off the upper portion of a Fenway Park light tower.
“I’ll remember the whole night,’’ Pearce said after the game. “It was exciting from start to finish. To start off down and we did what we needed to do, we battled back and just to have a big win, to have everybody involved, what a great feeling. And to do what I did tonight at the plate?
“I’m never going to forget it.’’
Making his second start since being traded to the Red Sox, Eovaldi once again did not allow a run, going eight shutout innings in Saturday’s 4-1 win to increase his consecutive scoreless streak since joining the Red Sox to 15 innings. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and only three for the game. Only one Yankee advanced as far as second base against him.
When the Red Sox initially acquired him, there was talk of moving Eovaldi to the bullpen for the postseason, and possibly sooner when Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, and Chris Sale returned from the disabled list.
Given how he’s pitched so far, it seems likely he’ll stay in the rotation.
The recently acquired second baseman played in just three games before he was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He had three hits in six at bats and drove in two runs in Thursday’s win, and also made a spectacular defensive play. In the top of the seventh, he ranged behind second base to track down Gleyber Torres’s ground ball, and fired to Pearce at first base to record the out and get out of the inning.
Ian Kinsler robs Gleybar Torres of a surefire hit for his second great play of the inning pic.twitter.com/4BN99N9Pwr— Heart of MLB (@HeartofMLB) August 3, 2018
The Red Sox hope Kinsler will miss only 10 days. But they will be cautious given how important speed and agility are to his game, writes Peter Abraham.