Red Sox

BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 11, White Sox 4 – Red Sox bust out with big first inning

(Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

All you need to know about the Red Sox' win over the White Sox, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Sox rebound at the plate: Limited to just three runs Sunday in a doubleheader loss, the Red Sox' prospects for Monday's holiday matinee might not have been strong, especially with White Sox righty Lucas Giolito on the mound. But the Red Sox made quick work of Giolito, chasing him in the second inning before he could record a single out. The Sox pounced on Giolito for six runs in the first inning as the first six Red Sox hitters of the afternoon each reached base with a hit. Included in that group was Kiké Hernándezwho homered to lead off the inning. Before the first inning was over, the Red Sox had sent 11 men to the plate and Giolito had thrown a staggering 46 pitches. As part of the 17-hit attack, three players had three hits each and three others had two hits. Oddly, despite the hit total, the Sox had just four extra-base hits -- homers from Hernandez, Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez and a double from Hernandez. But then, this one was decided early and was a laugher the rest of the way, resulting in the White Sox using not one but two position players to pitch in the final two innings of the game.

No long losing streaks to date: After dropping the first three games on the schedule in most ignominious fashion to the Orioles, the Red Sox have since stayed out of a losing streak. After their nine-game winning streak was snapped in the road trip finale in Minnesota, the Sox returned home and won the first game of their current homestand. Then, after taking it on the chin twice Sunday with the doubleheader sweep by the White Sox, the Red Sox rebounded immediately. Back in 2018, when the Red Sox set a franchise record 108 games, the team didn't lose more than three games for the entire regular season. It's too early to know if the Red Sox can achieve that same level of consistency in 2021, but their response to the couple of challenges they've faced in the first few weeks suggests that this team is similarly equipped to forget about the previous day's results -- win or lose -- and focus on the next game. That philosophy served them well three seasons ago; a repeat of that approach would go a long way in making this season successful, too.