First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:
Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.
Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.
The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.
One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.
Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.
Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.
It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.
Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.
In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.
Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.
Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.
Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.
Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.
That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.
Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.
Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.