Red Sox drop the night cap 4-2 as offense, bullpen struggle
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With Nathan Eovaldi now on the IL, Hector Velazquez was on the bump for game two of the doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. While there were some positives to pull from the night cap, the comeback attempt fell just short as the Red Sox lost their second game of the day.
The Red Sox, as they have done plenty of times on this young season, put themselves in an early hole. In the fourth inning, the Tigers were able to load the bases against Velazquez. He was pulled soon after. Enter Marcus Walden. Walden, facing Brandon Dixon, allowed all three of those runs to come in on a double. This was only Walden’s second time giving up runs in eight appearances this season.
While the Tigers were taking advantage of their scoring opportunities, the Red Sox were doing anything but that. As a team, they hit 1-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. The trend started early with two double plays in each of the first two innings.
Three Red Sox prospects made an impact Tuesday night
After Walden finished up his night, a couple of debuts were made out of the Red Sox bullpen. Darwinzon Hernandez entered the game in the fifth for his major league debut. Hernandez, Boston’s top pitching prospect, was solid in his debut. He gave up four hits in in 2.1 innings and struck out 4 Detroit batters. While Hernandez will probably head back down the minors, he should be reappearing for the Sox soon, especially with the recent bullpen struggles.
Hernandez stopped the bleeding and the Red Sox finally got on the board. With two on and two outs in the seventh, Xander Bogaerts blooped a singe to right to make it 3-1. The weak single was the only hit with runners in scoring position. Christian Vazquez was punched out to end the inning with runners on the corners, just as JD Martinez did in the fifth.
After Hernandez came fellow prospect Travis Lakins, who also made his pitching debut. He came on in the seventh and was good in his first two innings of work. However, Lakins and Hernandez weren’t the only new faces to Fenway.
Michael Chavis made his home debut for the Red Sox, as well. Chavis – who got the start at second and hit out of the seven spot – absolutely crushed a ball over the Monster to bring the Sox to within just one in the eighth inning. Chavis’ first big league homer was measured to around 441 feet, the longest Boston homer of the season. The blast brought the Sox within 1 run of the lead in the eighth.
Lakins came back out in the ninth. After a leadoff double, John Hicks drove in the final nail in the coffin with an RBI double of his own.
The heart of the lineup was due up in the ninth and, of course, nothing came of it as the Sox fell 4-2.
Standing with a record of 9-15, the Red Sox hope to at least split the four game series with the Tigers. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start tomorrow against Detroit’s Tyson Ross. First pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.