The Boston Red Sox winning streak came to a close Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles. After taking three out of four against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox fell, 4-1, in their series opener against the Orioles. Josh Smith made his first start since 2016 while the Orioles sent out John Means to the mound.
Red Sox Fall to Orioles
Josh Smith made his first start since 2016 and had a predictably rough outing. After escaping the first without allowing a run, the righty ran into trouble in the second inning. Smith loaded the bases after three batters but was battling back, striking out the next two he faced. However, Smith didn’t get out of the inning without Jonathan Villar clearing the bases with a first-pitch grand slam.
In total, Smith went 3.1 innings while allowing five hits and four runs while striking out three and walking two. Heath Hembree took over from there, getting out of the fourth inning before turning the ball over to Ryan Weber. Weber actually had a great outing, tossing four scoreless innings while striking out four without issuing a walk.
Smith had a rough start, but the offense had plenty of opportunities to get back in this game. Unfortunately, the bats fell silent throughout the night. John Means pitched a great game, as he and the Orioles bullpen combined to give up just three hits throughout the night. Christian Vazquez was the lone bright spot on offense, going two-for-three with a double. He also scored the Red Sox only run on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Nunez.
Everything else went as poorly as possible. The lineup struck out six times and didn’t draw a single walk. Fortunately, it’s a 162-game season and the Red Sox have a chance to right the ship tomorrow. Hector Velazquez will take the mound for the Red Sox and David Hess will do the same for the Orioles.