Escobar struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, he belted a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Escobar also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI.Analysis:
Arcia, who sustained the injury Monday, is on a seven-game hitting streak. Escobar suffered his injury Tuesday.Analysis:
Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade.Analysis:
Pirela hit .305/.351/.441 in 130 games at Triple-A this season.Analysis:
"When I went down for a few days helped me out a lot," he said. "So, I feel good."
Bogaerts suggested he also benefited from the All-Star break, and the numbers back it up. In the 11 games immediately after the break, he hit .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs compared to .103 (11 for 107) with one home run in the 29 games immediately before it.
Manager John Farrell chooses to focus on the mechanical difference he sees from Bogaerts when the rookie is, in his own mind, well rested.
"Since coming back from the concussion he's been more balanced, and what it's allowed him to do is see the ball a little more clearly," said Farrell. "He's not lunging as violently to his front side and he's staying behind some swings. He's been able to carry it now for quite a while."Analysis:
Hardy had been out for a week. He returns with just nine home runs after slugging at least 22 in each of the last three years. But he does own a respectable .281/.320/.392 stat line.Analysis:
Ramirez is 2 for 28 over his last eight games. His .274 average is at its lowest point of the season.Analysis:
Rivero blasted off for a three-run job in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 10-6. He has three hits in six at-bats for Boston over the last two games.Analysis:
Iglesias will miss the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins, but Wednesday's exam was immensely positive news as he'll avoid surgery, which could have ended his career. Iglesias is expected to be fine for spring training, and he's set to open next season as the team's starting shortstop.Analysis: