The table was set perfectly for Matt Moore to pull a Humpty Dumpty and fall to pieces en route to his first loss of the season against the hated Red Sox tonight. But Moore wouldn’t play along.
David Ortiz clobbering a three-run homer in the first inning was met by Moore retiring the next 12 batters. Then Moore flashed his maturity again in the sixth, bearing down after a leadoff walk. The bullpen did the rest with a 5-3 lead entering the seventh.
Joe thinks this might have been the biggest step yet for Moore.
Yeah, he’s been dynamite all season, 7-0 now, but there aren’t a lot 23-year-olds who can dig out of an early hole with that kind of confidence and cool. It felt like a new level for a young guy who used to be a lot more flappable.
Maybe nothing should be surprising on night that Yunel Esobar and Jose Molina combine to go 5-for-6 with two RBIs, but what Moore did had nothing to do with luck or smiling baseball gods.
We’re witnessing a historic start that looks like it’s going to have a special finish.