Boston Red Sox: Andrew Benintendi turns it on in Texas

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Andrew Benintendi
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Andrew Benintendi /

Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi had the game of his life Tuesday night in Texas leading the Sox past the Rangers.

He did it on offense and he did it on defense. Boston Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi turned it on in Texas, delivering big time on offense and adding a splendid play in the outfield on defense.

While New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge is getting most of the attention, Benintendi continues to show flashes that he is something special.  Highlighted by a 5-for-5 performance at the plate, Benintendi helped lead the Red Sox to an 11-4 victory on a hot night in Texas.

In all, the phenomenal rookie blasted two home runs and accounted for six RBIs in the thrashing.  And capping it all off was this amazing leaping catch against the wall in left field.

A little more consistency

With the victory, the Boston Red Sox have won six consecutive games and now lead the American League East by four games.  Most importantly, the offense is picking it up.  Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and now Benintendi are producing the way they were projected to produce.

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Now all Benintendi has to work on is consistency.  If he does anything near what he did Tuesday night in Texas on a consistent basis, he will become the next big thing in Boston sooner rather than later.

"“He’s been forced to make some adjustments and he’s done that,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said following the game, via ESPN.  “Particularly as he’s gone from a guy who has used the whole field to maybe got a little pull-oriented, then had to readjust to use the whole field.  He’s doing that.  A really talented young guy.”"

Flourishing at the right time

The two-homer, six RBI performance follows Andrew Benintendi’s heroics in Monday night’s 11 inning victory over the Rangers.

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Benintendi came off the bench and delivered the go-ahead hit in the game.  Staying focused and ready is what helped the rookie come through when the team needed him the most.  Combine that with his hot night at the bat Tuesday night and the 22-year-old outfielder says he is still learning and growing at the plate.

"“Just going through those slumps and just learning from it and trying to prevent that again,” Benintendi said, via Masslive.  “Still trying to learn the tendencies of other pitchers against me.  So still trying to learn a lot.  And just try to incorporate everything that I’ve learned.”"

Sometimes it’s how a young player reacts during times when they slump that determines how good they will be.  So far Andrew Benintendi is showcasing he has what it takes to strive in the big leagues.

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