Red Sox

BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 9, Atlanta Braves 1 – Sox ride Pivetta and Bradley to final game rout

(Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves, complete with BSJ analysis and insight: 



Pivetta shines again: It may not have been on par with the outings turned in by rookie Tanner Houck, but for the second time in as many tries, Nick Pivetta was sharp. Pivetta gave the Red Sox five solid innings, allowing just one run on four hits while walking two and striking out five along the way. He gave up a solo homer to Marcell Ozuna three batters into the first, but didn't allow another baserunner past second base after that. He attacked the strike zone with a mid-90s fastball and offered a good mix of breaking pitches. In his first start with the Sox, he relied more on his curveball, but Sunday featured more use of his slider. The ability to adapt from start-to-start is an important trait for starters. So, too, is improved command, and though five walks over 10 innings is more than you'd like to see, most of the time, Pivetta got ahead of hitters. And, importantly, he was able to limit damage on the occasions when he did temporarily lose command of the strike zone.

JBJ goes out with a bang: If this was the final game of Jackie Bradley Jr's Red Sox career, it was a memorable one. It began with a double to lead off the game. It continued with a spectacular leaping catch in the bottom of the third in which Bradley robbed Atlanta infielder Ozzie Albies of extra bases. It then continued with a homer in the fourth and a single in the seventh. The only miss? Bradley, needing a triple to complete the cycle, struck out swinging in the ninth in his final at-bat. Still, thanks to a strong month of September, Bradley finished with a career-best batting average of .283 and an OPS of .814, likewise, the best of his career. Regardless of where he ends up, having a more consistent offensive season can only help his marketability as a free agent.