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The Boston Red Sox experienced a lot of first in Thursday’s matchup against the Detroit Tigers. Jalen Beeks made the first start of his major league career, Blake Swihart made his first start at catcher since 2016, and Sam Travis debuted at left field for the first time ever. Unfortunately, the Red Sox also suffered their first loss of the series. Jalen Beeks struggled proved too much to overcome, as Boston lost the series finale, 7-2
Red Sox Lose, 7-2, Jalen Beeks Struggles in Debut
The first inning of Jalen Beeks career did not go according to plan. After one frame, Beeks had thrown 33 pitches, allowing five runs, including a home run and a double. However, that first inning wasn’t as ugly as the stat sheet would imply.
For one, the homer and the double were both gifts of the Green Monster. The double just scraped the wall, while the homer was a pop up that cleared the wall by maybe five feet. These hits accounted for three of Beeks five first-inning runs, and they would be fly outs in most parks.
The other two runs came on an opposite-field single by catcher John Hicks. The Red Sox were playing a shift, and the ball was hit right where the second baseman would normally stand. This isn’t to say Beeks had a great start – he definitely struggled – but there was quite a bit of bad luck that went into this.
Beeks recovered from his ugly first inning about as well as one could hope. He loaded the bases in the second inning but managed to get out of the jam thanks to some solid fielding from Rafael Devers. Beeks allowed one run in the third and none in the fourth before ending his night. In all, Beeks finished his debut allowing six earned runs in four innings of work.
Unfortunately, the Red Sox offense wasn’t able to dig themselves out of the early deficit. Andrew Benintendi led off the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run, and it looked like this game could turn into a shootout.
This belief looked even more real in the bottom of the second. Benintendi stepped into the batters’ box with the bases loaded and just one out. Needing a home run to tie the game, the Red Sox hottest hitter looked poised to close the gap. Unfortunately, Benintendi launched a liner right up the middle, but right at Jose Iglesias. The former Red Sox turned the double play to end the inning.
While Brian Johnson kept the game close, the Red Sox offense couldn’t generate any offense all game long. The Red Sox scored just one run after Benintendi’s leadoff blast and dropped the series finale, 7-2. Chris Sale takes the mound tomorrow, hoping to get the Red Sox back in the win column.