Well, that was a waste of my time, but at least the Orioles sold some sodas. The Red Sox hit three home runs before Andrew Benintendi — who hit the first one — could bat a second time, culminating with a three-run Mookie Betts blast that, like Beni’s or J. D. Martinez’s donger, no longer happened. It’s quite the epistemological thing, for sure, but put them out of your mind, for they no longer count. The Sox visit Baltimore once more this season and will presumably make up the game at that point. They will also probably win.
The game that wasn’t started on time. Betts made an out, then Benintendi hit a first pitch home run to right to make it 1-0 Sox. Martinez followed with a solo homer to make it 2-0. I should note that every Red Sox starter except Brock Holt had a homer off Dylan Bundy coming in, or so Dave O’Brien said. Xander Bogaerts hit in just shy off the warning track for the second out. Steve Pearce grounded out to third to end the inning.
David Price came to the mound and whipped through the first inning without issue, nothing two strikeouts. Brock Holt grounded out to begin second, after which Rafael Devers came to bat and hit a popup that left fielder Trey Mancini dropped, putting Devers at second. Sandy León walked. Jackie Bradley Jr. lined out to first, bringing Betts back up with two outs. He hit a home run, of course. It was now 5-0, and the rain was falling, and one pitch into Beni’s at-bat, the tarp was rolled out, and that was that.