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Starter Actually Does Okay, Offense is Shut Down in 7-0 Loss

After the Red Sox starting staff gave up 22 earned runs in 15.0 innings in Seattle, we saw a semi-decent start from David Price. He allowed five hits and two walks, striking out nine through 6.0 innings. The start did not come without mistakes though, and most of those mistakes ended in home runs. He allowed a solo homer to Khris Davis in the 2nd inning on a hanging cutter, a solo homer to Ramon Laureano in the 3rd inning on a middle-middle fastball, and a two-run homer to Chad Pinder on another hanging cutter. This resulted in four earned runs for the lefty. Nonetheless, it was still refreshing to see a starting pitcher have more innings than earned runs allowed. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, though, he was outdone by his counterpart, A’s pitcher, Aaron Brooks.

Aaron Brooks, and not the former Saints quarterback, nor the NBA point guard, only pitched 2.2 innings last year. And prior to last year, he had not pitched at the Major League level since 2015. He seemed to have started his resurgence tonight, as he shut the Red Sox out for six innings, only allowing three baserunners. That six-inning shutout did not come without controversy, though, as a close call at home could have changed its fate. In the second inning of a scoreless ballgame, with Xander Bogaerts at second base, Mitch Moreland hit a line drive into center field…

The call on the field was an out, and then the call stood after replay review. The Red Sox didn’t even get close to doing anything on offense after that. They got four men on base from the third inning on, and could not manage to scratch a run across. The offense’s total stat line was 4-for-29 with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

The rest of the runs allowed by the Red Sox came from Heath Hembree after allowing four hits, including a home run.

There were not many positives to take from this one, as it seems like the Red Sox are in some type of extension of Spring Training.

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