All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the New York Mets, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Workman walks a tightrope: Closer Brandon Workman ultimately secured the save in the ninth, but it was far from easy. Inheriting a two-run lead, it was soon clear Workman didn't have much command of his curveball and quickly walked the first two hitters he faced. A jam shot by Pete Alonso kicked up chalk down the right-field line to load the bases. Workman had to navigate through a bases-loaded, no-out mess with no command of his curve and unable to spot his fastball where he wanted. Catcher Christian Vazquez called for Workman to work in his cutter more. But with the bases loaded and one out, he got Yoenis Cespedes swinging and retired Robinson Cano on a soft liner. "He made some good pitches when he needed to,'' said Ron Roenicke. "Command of his curveball, command of his fastball -- he didn't do either one of those until the end and then he made some really good pitches.''
Vazquez delivers with the bat, twice: With the Sox trailing by a run in the seventh, Vazquez homered on a curveball off Seth Lugo to tie the game. Then, an inning later and facing lefty Justin Wilson, Vazquez looked for a cutter in and drove it the other way to score two runs and send the Red Sox on their way. "It feels good,'' he said of his offensive contributions. In 2019, Vazquez took a major step forward as a hitter, especially in the second half, and this year, he seems to have picked up where he left off with two homers and five RBI in the first six games. "As a catcher, really, he's got to be up there at the top in the offense part (for catchers). Vasky has put himself in the category of the best catchers. Offensively last year, I thought he really stepped it up and showed us what he could do and he's looking right now like he's going to be that kind of player again. It's really good to see when guys work hard and it shows up in their game.'' If Vazquez can replicate what he did a year ago, that lengthen the Red Sox lineup and presents another hitter who can produce run in the bottom half of the order.
Eovaldi provides another strong start: