Red Sox Bullpen Struggles in 7-4 Loss
Kelly, Pomeranz troubles continue. Red Sox fall to 86-36 with loss to Phillies.
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Seems odd these days when the Red Sox actually lose a game, but that’s what happened tonight in Philadelphia. The Sox wrapped up a 9 game road trip with a 7-4 loss to go 7-2 on the trip.
Nathan Eovaldi started the game looking to bounce back from a horrible outing against the Orioles. He pitched pretty well, going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs, although only 1 of them was earned. He gave the team a chance to win with his performance.
At first, it looked like the Red Sox would do just that. Mitch Moreland gave them a 3-0 lead with a bases clearing double in the 3rd inning.
The Red Sox seemed to have taken the lead back in the 6th inning when Steve Pearce hit a slow line drive to 2nd base and the throw seemed to pull first baseman Justin Bour off the bag making everybody safe and the score 4-3.
However, the run was taken off the board after video replay showed that Bour’s foot stayed on the bag briefly after he caught the ball, thus ending the inning.
Instead, the Phillies would pull ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th after a Wilson Ramos triple and a Scott Kingery sac fly, both hit off Joe Kelly who ended up taking the loss. The Phillies would tack on 3 more runs the next inning off of Drew Pomeranz, who quite frankly looked terrible.
Although the Red Sox loaded the bases in the 8th inning with nobody out, they were only able to get 1 run back on a pinch hit, infield single by Mookie Betts.
The Sox ended up splitting the season series with Philly 2-2. They now will have their 2nd off day of the week before they return home to face the Tampa Bay Rays.