Jackie Bradley, Jr. continued to produce at the plate, historically so on Saturday afternoon against the Mariners as the Red Sox ran roughshod to a 22-10 win. He went 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
As noted in our post shortly after the game, Bradley is the only known Red Sox player — at least as far back as the data is available — to register five extra-base hits in a game. He joins Josh Hamilton, Kelly Shoppach and Shawn Green as the only players to log five extra-base hits in a game in this millennium.
Watch Bradley’s terrific afternoon:
After shellacking the Mariners 15-1 on Friday night, the Red Sox came back out Saturday afternoon and trampled their way to a 22-10 win. Outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI. He’s the first player in Red Sox history with five extra-base hits in a game, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Bradley is the first player with five extra-base hits in a game since Josh Hamilton in 2012. Kelly Shoppach and Shawn Green are the only other players to have accomplished the feat in this millennium.
Seven Red Sox hitters knocked in multiple runs. Six Red Sox hitters had at least three hits. And who started for the Mariners? 2014 AL Cy Young Award runner-up Felix Hernandez. He lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits (including three home runs) and a walk with two strikeouts. It’s the fourth time this season he has allowed seven-plus runs and he now carries a 3.65 ERA.
Friday and Saturday’s showings add up to 37 runs. It’s particularly poignant since manager John Farrell announced prior to Friday’s game that he has stage 1 lymphoma.
In lighter news, Saturday’s win breaks the “Good Will Hunting Curse”. The Red Sox had been 0-14 on the birthday of Ben Affleck, who wrote and acted in the film set in Boston, since it was released in 1997.
Adding some catching insurance for the stretch run, the Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with Kelly Shoppach.
Shoppach was released by the Mariners in mid-June and briefly latched on with the Nationals before opting out of his minor-league deal after three weeks at Triple-A.
He’ll head back to Triple-A for the Pirates, who recently called up former first-round pick Tony Sanchez to back up Russell Martin following Michael McKendry’s season-ending knee injury.