Home runs continue to hurt Red Sox in 12-6 blow out. Boston loses their 2nd straight game.
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The Boston Red Sox pitching staff continues to give up homeruns, and this time it resulted in a 12-6 blowout on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. What added to a frustrating afternoon at Fenway Park was the inability to get clutch hits. Although the offense scored one run in every inning until the fifth, they had blown opportunities to put the game away. David Price went into Saturday afternoon with a perfect 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA against his old club. Even Price couldn’t keep the Rays bats quiet.
The Rays entered Saturday afternoon on a seven-game winning streak, which includes winning the series opener on Friday.
Boston was optimistic sending Price to the mound with his flawless record against the Rays, but the team continued their hot hitting. They would get to Price for eight hits, five earned runs, and forced him to surrender four walks. He would end his outing with a 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K pitching line.
Homeruns continue to hurt the Red Sox. On Saturday, the pitching staff gave up four. It began in the top of the 2nd when Denard Span hit an inside-the-park homerun off Price. After Span hit the ball up the middle of the field, Jackie Bradley Jr. dove and missed the ball in center field. The ball rolled all the way to the center-field wall and Span was able to run all the way home. The play was originally scored a single and three base error but was then changed to a inside the park home run.
In the third inning, catcher Wilson Ramos launched a two-run homerun into the Green Monster. This made the score 4-2 at the time.
We saw Boston’s offense tear the cover off the ball in the first three weeks of the season. That same offense failed to get a clutch hit in the first three innings of Saturday’s game.
The Red Sox had the bases loaded twice on Saturday and failed to put up multiple runs.
In the first inning Boston had bases loaded and J.D. Martinez at the plate and only managed to get a sacrifice fly from Xander Bogaerts. In the third inning, they had the bases loaded and only came away with one run.
Speaking of Bogaerts, in his second game back in the lineup, he went 1 for 4 with two RBI. Rafael Devers also had a great game, getting three hits including a home run to left field. He earned two RBIs on the day. Andrew Benintendi turned in a three hit game, with two runs scored.