Boston Red Sox fans have been through this before, to take care of you. Underchewing shakes up a fan base a bit after gaining extra with the same team in successive seasons, even if the Celtics have to distract them from their initial fight this season.
But then Nathan Yovaldi slaps them off their basketball game and they again want everyone to trade, be fired and thrown to the side of the highway.
Evoldi, Boston’s best starting pitcher a year ago when they reached the American League Championship Series, decided on Tuesday night to pack the entire Strange Sox season into 14 pitches অথবা or as the initial math would show, 2.8 pitches per home run.
Jordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Pena, Michael Brantley and Houston Astros’ Yuli Guriel recaptured the greatest moment in baseball history in the second innings:
- Homering (Alvarez) in 2-1 fastball.
- Homering (money) in 0-1 fastball.
- Homering (Pena) in 0-1 fastball.
- Homering on a 1-1 cut (Brantley, because Evoldi realized the Astros could be in his fastball).
- Homering in 0-2 curveball (guerrilla, because Eovaldi was moving off the other pitch).
At that point, manager Alex Cora took the hint, along with Eovaldi’s replacement, Tyler Danish, who contributed to the Gashouse Gorillas’ Conga line by dropping Tucker a Grand Slam in the fourth. By any measure it was a spectacular performance, although the other two times it happened in 2017 and 2020, when the home run became the only legitimate way to reach the base. And it was even more amazing when you think Eovaldi topped the first on just five pitches.
“He’s a strike-thrower, isn’t he?” Manager Alex Cora later said he explained what he saw in a short time. “He was in the zone and they had a gameplan. And they got a good pitch to hit. I think that’s the bottom line. “
Now when you hear the words “astros” and “gameplan”, your mind wanders to percussive receptacles and bargaining like Rob Manfred Schittles stops and it’s especially exciting when you come from Cora, who had to publish work for a year. But the 2022 Sox, currently battling Baltimore fourth in the AL East, will not get this as an excuse. They only stick to their continuity pattern from the 2018 World Series: none.
However, there is something about the idea that your face is so far away and that kicking in this fast is in line with the new consciousness of fast playing and removing all the dead spots of action. So maybe Nathan Evoldi is just, as they say, embracing the new baseball. Speed. And pull the neck muscles.