For the fourth time this season, the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher just couldn’t get out of his own way. Each of Boston’s first three starters allowed six or more earned runs, and the Red Sox desperately needed Rick Porcello to have a strong start. That didn’t work out, as the former Cy Young winner allowed four earned runs in just 2.2 innings of work. Porcello, normally known for his command, allowed four walks and just three strikeouts. He had some bad luck as five of his nine runs allowed were unearned. However, the Red Sox needed more from Porcello and ultimately weren’t able to dig their way out of their early hole. Boston ends their first series of the year with a disappointing 1-3 record.
Boston Red Sox Cannot Overcome Rick Porcello’s Rough Start
The game, and the series as a whole was an utter nightmare for the Boston Red Sox. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s take a look at the positives from this game. The Red Sox played some fantastic baseball for eight of the nine innings. Boston started off the game on the right foot, as J.D. Martinez drove in Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez drove in Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to make it a 3-0 game in the top of the first.
Martinez added a three-run shot in the fourth inning, bringing the Red Sox back into the game with his second home run of the young season. Two innings later, Mookie Betts added his first home run of the season to make it a 10-7 game. The Red Sox had a chance to tie it late, loading the bases and even putting the go-ahead run on base. While the comeback ultimately fell short, it was an encouraging game for the offense. The starting pitching was atrocious, but the offense has played well during the opening series.
Interestingly enough, the bullpen has been fantastic through the first four games of the season (outside of Tyler Thornburg). Boston’s relief arms needed to bail out the starter for the fourth straight game, and some poor performances would have been understandable. Instead, the Red Sox bullpen put together another masterpiece and gave Boston a chance. The grouping of Brian Johnson, Brandon Workman, Colten Brewer, and Ryan Brasier combined to allow just one earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Eight of the 16 outs came by way of the K, and the trio of Workman, Brewer, and Brasier only allowed two hits.
The offense and bullpen weren’t enough to cancel out the rough start, but it gave Red Sox fans something to be happy about. The starters are too good to be this bad forever, and these rough performances are likely a one-week fluke. Once they start figuring it out, the Red Sox should be as dangerous as ever.