Mookie Betts was so excited he nearly tripped when his feet got tangled on the way to first base.
Boston’s normally mild-mannered right fielder let loose with some emotion after ending a marathon at-bat with a grand slam that helped lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.
I almost went down, Betts said with a chuckle after going 2 for 4 with five RBI. I had to depend on my athletic ability and it came through that time.
That ability has Betts leading the majors in batting and the Red Sox riding a 10-game winning streak to the best record in the big leagues. Boston has the longest current winning streak in the majors and hasn’t lost since getting routed 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on July 1.
Betts fouled off seven pitches from All-Star lefty J.A. Happ before driving the 13th pitch well over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park to put the Red Sox up 5-2 in the fourth inning. Betts turned to his dugout and shouted at teammates in celebration, then almost lost his footing on the way to first base.
Since I’ve been in the big leagues, that’s probably the most excited that I’ve been, said Betts, who added an RBI single in the seventh and increased his batting average to .352.
Happ loaded the bases with a walk to No. 9 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr., who was batting .202. Happ also threw a wild pitch while walking Bradley in an inning that was extended when Boston successfully challenged a force at second on a fielder’s choice.
The Astros were up by four to start the ninth inning against Oakland on Tuesday night when Giles took over and gave up three straight singles, https://www.nfljerseyswholesalezone.com/ which cut the lead to 4-1.
It was the second major outburst of the year for Giles, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after a bad performance earlier in the season.
The 27-year-old Giles, who is in his third season in Houston after a trade from Philadelphia, is 0-2 with a career-high 4.99 ERA in 34 appearances this season. He has only one save in nine appearances since June 17.
Hinch said that Giles was frustrated with the demotion and added that he didn’t specifically talk to him about what he appeared to say to him on his way off the mound.
Hinch though did acknowledge that he needs to handle himself better when things don’t go his way.
It’s important for him to get himself right, where he’s directing all of his attention toward the hitter and all of his attention toward his job, Hinch said. He pitches with a lot of emotion, and when things are going jerseys cheap well we love it. When things aren’t going well we have our concerns, just because of the volatility of the end-of-the-game type stuff.