Red Sox highlights: Dustin Pedroia’s 3 RBI night leads Sox past Jays

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 27: Dustin Pedroia
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 27: Dustin Pedroia /

Dustin Pedroia continues to deliver with another multi-RBI night Wednesday night to lead the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the team searching for an identity, the heart, hustle and high intensity of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is quickly becoming the leading force the team needs.

While most of those attributes have always been there with Pedroia, his leadership and veteran presence is needed more now than ever with the absence of David Ortiz. Especially, given the fact that he is the longest tenured member of this current Red Sox team.

On Wednesday night, Pedroia continued hot streak at the plate by delivering 3 RBI in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

One of those RBI cam on this slow-roller that scored Mookie Betts:

Overall, he went 2-for-3 with a walk while recording his fifth multi-hit performance in the past eight games for Boston.  In that span, he is hitting .392 and has found his power again.  Most importantly, he has been the clutch hitter the team has been in search of without the bat of Big Papi.

"“He’s come up big,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said following Wednesday night’s victory.  “Another [three] RBIs tonight.  Whether it’s been after the break or throughout the course of the season, he’s done an outstanding job.  He’s a money player.  That’s been on display, it was again here tonight.  He’s been the right man in the right spot.”"

It wasn’t all roses for Pedroia.  Defensively, he saw his franchise-record errorless streak snapped at 114 games.  Luckily, the error didn’t dampen the strong pitching performance by starter Drew Pomeranz.

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With trade rumors swirling as strong as the gusty winds in the middle of March, the Red Sox saw the bats wake up a little.

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The team was led by Pedroia’s timely hitting, but infielder Deven Marrero got the scoring going with a key two-run, two-out single to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.  It was really all Pomeranz needed and a key hit in the game that deserves to be recognized.

"“He’s a way above average defender with a knack for big RBIs,” Farrell said, via the Worcester Telegram.  “You can kind of throw out the batting average since inside of a game, there is something that he’ll impact.”"

The .211 batting average is nothing to marvel at, but his defense and timely offense has helped the team.  In games that he has played, the team is 27-13.

As much as Red Sox fans would’ve loved Todd Frazier or another big bat in the lineup from the third base position, perhaps the team can ride on Deven Marrero.

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