There are several reasons the Red Sox were the first team in MLB to win 30 games this season. David Price and Mookie Betts are just a couple of them.
Thursday in Boston’s 6-2 win over the Orioles, Price and Betts led the Red Sox in ways only they could, truly.
Betts stole three bases in his first three at-bats, and with those steals he accomplished something no Red Sox player ever has in the team’s 117-year history. Betts became the first Red Sox player in history to have a three-home run game and three-stolen base game ever. Not in a season, but ever.
Mookie Betts is the first player in #RedSox franchise history to have both a three-homer game and a three-steal game. Not just in the same season, but ever.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) May 18, 2018
The 25-year-old finished 3 for 4 with a walk and those stolen bases. He currently leads MLB in batting average (.364), slugging percentage (.734), runs (46) and hits (56).
As for Price, it appears he has gotten past his battle with a Fortnite injury as he tossed a complete-game, five-hitter. He gave up a mere two runs and took just 95 pitches to finish it off.
Price became the first lefty to throw a complete game in less than 100 pitches in Boston since 2013. The last man to do it? David Price. He is the only lefty to accomplish the feat at Fenway Park in the last 25 years.
David Price of the @RedSox needed just 95 pitches to finish his complete game against Baltimore tonight.
The only other time in the last 25 years a lefty threw a CG in under 100 pitches at Fenway Park: Price on 7/24/2013 as a member of the Rays.#DirtyWater
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 18, 2018
Studs of the Night
Athletics outfielder Khris Davis went 4 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs in Oakland’s 10-5 win over the Blue Jays.
Justin Turner went 3 for 5 with two doubles and five RBIs in his third game back from a fractured wrist. He’s batting .462 in 13 at-bats. The Dodgers beat the Marlins 7-0.
Dud of the Night
Rangers outfielder Delino Deshields Jr. went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and Texas blew a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth to fall to the White Sox 4-2.
Giants left fielder Gorkys Hernandez had to go all out for this catch on the warning track.
Rockies 3, Giants 0 | Bot 2
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 18, 2018
Indians (21-21) at Astros (28-17) 8:10 p.m. ET — Seemingly no one can hit Charlie Morton (5-0, 2.03 ERA) right now, and the Astros can’t hit Mike Clevinger (3-0, 2.70 ERA). The long-haired wonder has a 1.04 ERA in 8 2/3 innings against Houston in his career. You want a pitchers’ duel? You got it.