The struggles continue as Red Sox fall to Yankees 5-3
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It was all going so well. Nathan Eovaldi was doing what he normally does against the Yankees – dominating. The offense got off to a good early start. The bullpen was the last of the worries headed into this game. But, as 2019 has proven, the Red Sox will find a way to lose.
Let’s start with the positives, namely Eovaldi. The former Yankee has pitched lights out against his old team during his time with the Sox. In four regular season starts against New York last season, Eovaldi has an ERA of 1.93, while the Yankees have hit .173 against him. That’s good for just 5 earned runs in 23 innings.
Wednesday’s game brought more of the same. Eovaldi went for 6 innings and kept the injured Yankees lineup to just three hits. His fastball was doing what it normally does – he struck out 6 while staying in the upper 90s. This was certainly Eovaldi’s best start of the season. This was his first start past 5 innings and his first start with giving up less than 3 earned runs.
The Red Sox offense, meanwhile, gave Eovaldi comfort early. JD Martinez socked his fourth home run of the season to put the Red Sox up 1-0. Soon after, Christian Vazquez launched one out of Yankee Stadium. It was a 2-run shot that increased the lead to 3-0.
Eovaldi and a hot start for the offense isn’t enough for the Sox
It was smooth sailing for Eovaldi up until the fourth inning. With two Yankee base runners, Clint Frazier roped a double that just stayed fair down the third base line, scoring Luke Voit. The inning could have gone much worse, but Eovaldi worked his way out of having two runners in scoring position to hold the Yankees to just 1 run.
Both offenses quieted down. That is, until the bottom of the seventh, when absolute disaster struck for the Sox.
Brandon Workman came on in relief of Eovaldi. He didn’t stay in much longer. He put three Yankees on base with a hit and two walks in the seventh while recording just one out. Enter Ryan Brasier. Brasier faced Brett Gardner. He got him down to an 0-2 count and did what we’ve seen Sox pitching do plenty of this season; Gardner was served a meatball and did not miss any of it. The grand slam put the Yankees up 5-3.
If that wasn’t enough disappointment, the offense made sure that we got our fill. With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, up came – but of course – Eduardo Nunez. Nunez saw one pitch, popped out to right and ended any hope the Sox had of redeeming the night.
It’s a new way to lose every night with the Red Sox. To add on to such a fun night, Dustin Pedroia left the game early with discomfort in the infamous left knee. While it’s important to remember it’s April 17th and this team is fresh off 108 wins and a World Series title, things could not be any more bleak for the 2019 Red Sox.