Martin Perez came into the game having had a brutal start on Saturday to the worst team in the league, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits, in just 5 innings of work. Not many people had too much faith in him going up against the Mets. He definitely had an outing, going 5 2/3 with only 2 hits, 2 BB, and 2 runs allowed. The Red Sox needed a bounce back game from him, and they definitely got one as he definitely proved himself.
Hembree was good out of the pen, going 1 1/3, allowing just one hit and getting two strikeouts. He definitely showed good command. Then came in Barnes, who was not great, as he threw 37 pitches in the inning, which was luckily scoreless. He put three runners on, with just one out. He struck Conforto out, and then got Gimenez to ground out to Chavis at first. After the Red Sox piled on one more in the top half of the 9th, because Edwin Diaz came in, to make it 4-2. This insurance run gave both Workman and the Red Sox a bit more breathing room, as Workman would come on to shut the door only allowing a hit and a K, getting his second save of the season, on back to back nights.
Christian Vazquez was the main source of power for the Red Sox, homering twice off of Steven Matz, to notch a total of four home runs for the season. Vazquez is the only Red Sox catcher to hit 4 home runs in the first 7 games since Carlton Fisk in 1973 hit 5 to start the year, which must be pretty special if even Varitek couldn't do that. He's averaging a homer 1/5 of the time now. Verdugo also had a nice 2 hits, as well as Chavis as he got his first hit of the season tonight, and another one to go along with it. Peraza got an RBI from when he was hit by Diaz's pitch, and the bases were loaded, so he got credited with the RBI.
The Red Sox will travel about ten miles to Yankee Stadium for a three game split, where luckily the Sox won't have to face Cole, and hopefully can keep the momentum going tomorrow as Weber will take on Montgomery. Saturday is scheduled to be Godley vs Tanaka, who is coming off a concussion from when Stanton drilled Tanaka in the head in an intersquad game. Then Sunday it'll be the Yankees Paxton, and the Red Sox have not scheduled anyone for that date. Below is the full game commentary I did, on SportsCastr.