Hopefully Both Teams Had Fun In Red Sox 10-2 Loss

Welcome to spring training, where the batting order is made up and the final score does not matter. The Red Sox sent out something close to a major league lineup on Saturday, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound to face the New York Mets. Unfortunately, the Red Sox dropped this one by the final score of 10-2.

Despite the lopsided final score, Eduardo Rodriguez actually had a good day at the office. One week after Alex Cora publicly chastised his performance on the mound, Rodriguez pitched a more efficient game. Going four innings deep, Rodriguez allowed just one run while striking out three and walking one.

Matt Barnes took over for Eduardo Rodrgiuez, and that’s when everything started spiraling out of control. Barnes pitched just one inning, allowing four hits and three runs. This wasn’t just due to one bad pitch, as Barnes gave up a triple and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch.

Spring Training, generally speaking, is meaningless, but Tyler Thornburg needs to start producing results. The enigmatic righty took the mound for the sixth inning, allowing three runs on four runs. This wasn’t a one-time incident either, as Thornburg has been terrible throughout the entirety of spring. So far this spring, Thornburg has a 15.75 ERA. Thornburg’s contract isn’t guaranteed, and the Red Sox might be better off moving on without him.

Josh Taylor took the mound after that but didn’t do much better. The lefty pitched two innings of relief, allowing three additional runs on four hits. Taylor was a surprise add to the Red Sox 40-man roster but will likely start the season in the minors. The lefty still has a long way to go before he’s ready to contribute at the major league level.

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(Sept. 13, 2018 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

Dave Latham

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