Ryan Kalish made a big return to the Red Sox Sunday night
After everyone and their mothers in Boston was freaking out about losing a game against the lowly Cubs on Friday night, the Boston Red Sox responded by taking the next two games of the series and getting back to .500 as June begins to wind down.
It has to be remembered that baseball is not basketball where teams are just “supposed” to win individual games because they are the better team. A lot of times, things can go wrong in one game, but winning a series two games to three on the road is not a bad thing at all.
The two big stories for the Boston Red Sox came on Sunday night as Franklin Morales made a spot-start and Ryan Kalish made his return to the Boston Red Sox for the first time in two years. Morales was awesome going five innings and striking out nine and only allowing two runs. For a spot-start, he did everything the Boston Red Sox wanted and more. Lasy year, Alfredo Aceves was invaluable to the Boston Red Sox in his ability to go long innings in relief as well as make key spot starts for the Red Sox when need be. Morales proved last night that he could be this year’s 2011 version Alfredo Aceves.
But for me, the biggest story was Ryan Kalish. Long one of the highly anticipated Red Sox prospects, Kalish has been plagued by injuries over the past few seasons and hasn’t been able to get another shot at the big-league game. On Sunday night, with Ryan Sweeney hitting the disabled list Ryan Kalish got his chance and with two men on in the 7th inning, Kalish came through, knocking a single to center that ended up scoring the game-winning run. I would expect to see Kalish continue to get his shot in Boston, and I don’t think he will disappoint the Red Sox faithful.
Other stories include Jon Lester’s big start on Saturday, the continued struggles of Adrian Gonzalez, and Jarrod Saltalamcchia slugging the ball like we always wanted him too.
Next up for the Red Sox are the Miami Marlins, who won the Sox beat last week in Miami.