Red Sox continue to struggle with the Oakland Athletics as they lose 2 of 3 to finish the season series 2-4
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The Oakland A’s are a sub .500 team. The Boston Red Sox have the second-best record in baseball. On paper, it would seem that if one of these teams were to win the season series, it would be the Sox. Unfortunately, baseball games are not played on paper.
After a Sean Manaea no-hitter and a clutch Khris Davis home run helped the A’s take 2 out of 3 from the Sox a few weeks ago in Oakland, they came to Fenway and did the same thing over the past three nights. At least the Red Sox got hits in all 3 games this time, though!
Game 1 of the series was a frustrating one in which the Sox kept cutting into the lead and then giving it up again, eventually losing 6-5. Rick Porcello did not pitch particularly well as he gave up 5 runs in his 6 innings. The Red Sox had the lead 2-1 before the 3-run 4th inning by the A’s. They would cut the lead to 1 after that on 3 different occasions, but they were never able to keep any momentum and tie the game.
I was fortunate enough (or unfortunate) to be able to attend game 2 of this series on Tuesday night with a couple of my friends. Aside from being caught in torrential downpours heading to the game, the 2 hour rain delay, and the disappointing Red Sox 5-3 loss, it was really a fun time.
Eduardo Rodriguez had a pretty subpar start and Steven Wright made his return to the team with a couple of scoreless innings before falling apart in the 8th. There were a few good moments, like the Stephen Piscotty home run in his first at-bat after losing his mom. That was really cool and touching. Also, Andrew Benintendi had a big night with 3 hits and a monster home run that landed about 20 rows in front of where I was sitting.
Game 3 was the silver lining, as the Sox were able to salvage the last game of the series with a 6-4 win. Chris Sale was not as sharp as he usually is, but he was still able to pick up his 4th win of the season. He only went 5 innings because of a high pitch count, but he did have 8 strikeouts and only allowed 2 hits, one of them being the two-run homer to Marcus Semien. Sale walked 4 batters which is very unlike him, but fortunately only one of those walks turned into a run.
The bullpen actually pitched well in this game in relief of Sale, only allowing 2 runs over their 4 innings. They were also given a nice cushion thanks to a huge 3-run homer over the Green Monster by Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez also had a home run in this game, his 2nd of the series and 12th of the year.
The Red Sox will continue their home stand with a 4 game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Thursday. Hopefully they can take the momentum from tonight and go on another roll.
Since that fantastic 17-2 start, the team is playing .500 ball at 12-12. We could definitely use another nice winning streak, and a 4 game series against the last place Orioles is exactly what the doctor ordered. Let’s just hope David Price has been laying off the video games and is ready to pitch. Go Sox!