Red Sox lose series behind stagnant offense. White Sox take finale 5-2.
Sunday afternoon was a frustrating loss for the Boston Red Sox. Runs came at a premium as Boston dropped the series finale to the Chicago WhiteSox, 5-2.
Rick Porcello took the mound for the third and final game of the series and labored through his outing. He did not have his best command as he gave up five hits, two earned runs, and three walks through six innings, but he threw 105 pitches.
Boston’s line up could not come up with a clutch hit on Sunday, they left 12 runners on base. The Red Sox have struggled to put up runs in this series as they only managed to score seven runs in the last three games.
The White Sox got to Porcello early in the first inning. Yoan Moncada hit a leadoff single to center field. Yomer Sanchez got on base via a force out. Moncada was thrown out at second. Power hitting Jose Abreu doubled off of the Green Monster, and drove in Sanchez to put the White Sox ahead 1-0.
Boston responded in the bottom of the 2nd inning. J.D. Martinez hit a ground rule double down the right-field line; his 15th double of the season. Rafael Devers came up next and hit a single into centerfield driving in J.D. to tie the game,1-1.
Porcello’s command escaped him in the third inning, and Boston’s defense did not help him out. After Rick got Sanchez out on a pop fly, he walked Abreu, Daniel Palka reached on an error after Devers missed Brock Holt’s throw to second base. Matt Davidson got on base after he was hit by a pitch to move Palka to second and load the bases. Porcello walked in a run after walking Tim Anderson. Chicago retook the lead, 2-1.
In the top of the sixth inning was not pretty as well. Anderson drew a walk against Porcello. Charlie Tilson dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Anderson to second base. Trayce Thompson grounded out to Mitch Moreland, but when Porcello caught the throw from Moreland, Rick tripped, allowing Anderson to score. Chicago extended their lead to 3-1.
Boston continued to fight back in the bottom of the 7th inning. After Sandy Leon struck out, Andrew Benintendi hit a ground rule double to right field. After Nate Jones came into the game in relief of Reynaldo Lopez, he hit Xander Bogaerts and gave up a walk to J.D., moving Benny to third. Jace Fry replaced Nate Jones, and Eduardo Nunez came in as an offensive replacement. Nunez reached base on a fielding error from Moncada, which allowed Benintendi to score, cutting the lead to 3-2.
After Brandon Workman pitched a clean eighth inning in relief for Hembree, Matt Barnes came into the game in the ninth inning.
Chicago put the game away with a two-run top of the ninth against Barnes. Yoan Moncada hit a single on an overturned call. Moncada moved to second base on a groundout by Sanchez at first base. Barnes walked Abreu putting runners at first and second base. Palka doubled to center field allowing Moncada and Abreu to score. Palka advanced to third on a throwing error. The White Sox lead 5-2 at the end of the inning.
Joakim Soria entered the game for the White Sox to close the door on the Sox in the ninth inning. after giving up a walk to Moreland, Soria got through the inning with no damage despite Moreland advancing to second because of defensive indifference.