The Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak behind the arm of John Lackey. It was Lackey’s second consecutive solid start as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Monday night. But according to a report by Boston.com on Feb. 7, another star began to shine as outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. showed glimpses of stardom in also helping the team get its first win of the season at Fenway Park.
With three hits and a couple of web gems, Bradley showed exactly why the team decided not to pay Jacoby Ellsbury the big money. If his performance last night becomes consistent, Bradley can be more than just a replacement for Ellsbury, he may be able to add a little more. What really stands out about Bradley is his maturity and understanding that it’s a process. After the game, the outfielder talked about his approach.
“It’s a start. It’s a work in progress and I’m continuously trying to get better every day…” he said. “Just trying to see some good pitches that I can put some good swings on and handle. Definitely with [Rangers starter Tanner] Sheppers on the mound, he’s got some really good life on his ball so I definitely wanted to be aggressive early with strikes there in the zone.”
Bradley’s patience at the play paid off as his first two hits of the game. The second of which put the team up 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. His third hit of the game delivered an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as he drove A.J. Pierzynski in on a bunt ground ball to first base showing off his speed.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was impressed with Bradley’s night offensively and defensively.
“He executed well offensively. Obviously the big RBI single in the second at-bat, but two very good defensive plays, the one that he slid in on the ball was in the lights and he was able to take an angle where he got underneath it well enough to pick it up out of the lights and on the ball from Arencibia, he goes back to the track and he makes a good running catch and its just good to see him get in the flow of things, get in the mix.”
The Red Sox are now 3-4 on the season.
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