WASHINGTON, DC Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Capitals tied at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of Game 4 at the Verizon Center.1) Dennis Wideman has now been on ice for every 5-on-5 goal that the Bruins have scored this season. It looks like the Bruins were fully aware of the dead spots in his game, and capitalized when he pinched into the offensive zone as Alex Ovechkin was turning over a puck.2) Not a lot of penalties called for either team in this one. Figured the Capitals might get the benefit of the doubt after crying over the lack of calls going their way in Game 3, and they did get the only power play of the period on a Rich Peverley slashing call. But the refs also missed an obvious high-sticking call on Benoit Pouliot when he smashed Mike Green in the face.3) The bloom is coming off Braden Holtby a little bit. He let up a five-hole goal to Rich Peverley that was on a 3-on-1 after the shifty forward faked pass to set up the shot. Holtby did stop the other 13 shots he faced and a couple of them were good chances, but the Washington goalie doesnt seem quite so impenetrable.4) Interesting non-interference call on Alex Ovechkin when he tackled Andrew Ference at open ice during a loose puck situation, and set up the Marcus Johansson goal for the Capitals less than two minutes into the game. Zdeno Chara overplayed the situation as well, and left Brian Rolston all alone trying to defend the odd-man rush. Nothing Rolston or Tim Thomas could do.5) Thus far the Bruins are doing what they need to do to earn a playoff win on the road. They owned possession in the first period, managed to end it with a tie score and made Dale Hunter pay for having John Erskine in his lineup. It was the lumbering defenseman that was stuck trying to contain a breakaway when Dennis Wideman was caught up ice. Not a great coaching move, Dale.
Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:
* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.
* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.
* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.
* “That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.
* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.
* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.
1) Rick Porcello
Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.
2) Xander Bogaerts
Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.
3) Dustin Pedroia
In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.
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.
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