Red Sox lose first series of 2018 to Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox 4-1
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The Oakland Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Boston drops to 17-4 on the season while Oakland advances to 11-11 with the win. Oakland wins the series against Boston, beating them in two of three. David Price was the starter for the Red Sox and Daniel Mengden did the same for the A’s. The game was played at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
David Price pitched well for the Sox, going 7 and 2/3 innings and allowing 4 earned runs. He also struck out 6 and walked 1.
In fact, if it was not for a three-run homerun to left field by Khris Davis with two outs in the 8th inning, Price’s numbers would have looked much better.
The Red Sox offense struggled to do much of anything in this contest, only mustering 6 hits and 1 run on the afternoon. Brock Holt did attain a clutch RBI double down the line in the top 7th to tie the game 1-1 at the time. At 104.6 mph, it was the hardest hit ball of his 2018 season. Regardless, it represented the only offensive score for Boston in this one.
They did, however, squander an opportunity in the 9th to put more runs on the board. Holt reached on an error committed by shortstop Marcus Semien with 2 outs in the inning. Christian Vazquez came up to the plate, with Mookie Betts in the batter’s box, and, if he were to reach, Boston would have had the tying run at the plate (who also happens to be one of the best hiters in baseball). Alas, Vazquez hit a weak flyball, which barely got out of the infield, to end the game. Blake Treinen recorded the save for the Athletics.
Boston will have an off-day on Monday, but will head to Toronto for their three-game series against the Blue Jays. Tuesday’s game will start at 7:07 p.m. eastern time. Rick Porcello, with his dazzling 1.40 ERA, will take the mound for Boston, opposing left-hander J.A. Happ of the Jays.
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