Red Sox fall just short in loss to Mariners

Pitching woes continue as Red Sox fall to 1-2

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After another bad starting pitcher performance for the Red Sox, the offense nearly led another comeback in the top of the ninth in Seattle. The rally came up just short, as the Sox lost 5-6 and fell to 1-2 on the young season.

Eduardo Rodriguez was on the mound to start the game and the Mariners got to him early.  With two men on, Tim Beckham – who has become the Sox worst nightmare in this series – drove in Mitch Haniger to start the scoring. After Beckham came Ryan Healy, who drove in another run for Seattle with his first of two doubles on the day.

The Sox offense wasted no time in getting the game back to square one with two runs of their own. In the top of the second, Jackie Bradley Jr. picked up his first RBI of the season on a single to center. Then, in the third, JD Martinez added another RBI single to make the score 2-2.

Unfortunately, the starting pitching woes continued for Rodriguez and the Sox. Dee Gordon drove in a run with a single in the fourth. In the fifth, with Rodriguez’s pitch count already in the mid-90’s, Jay Bruce smacked a 3-run homer to left-center, as the Mariners increased their lead to 6-2.

The biggest struggle for Rodriguez on the day was control. He walked three batters on the day and constantly hung pitches over the zone. He would finish the day giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in just 4.1 innings of work. It took him 105 pitches just to make it to the fifth.

After Rodriguez exited the game, the bullpen kept the Mariners’ bats quiet. Heath Hembree, Tyler Thornburg, and Hector Velazquez combined to shutout the Mariners from the fifth inning until the end of the game. With the bullpen being the biggest concern heading into the season, they’ve held their own in this Seattle series.

Down 6-2, heading into the ninth, the Sox offense nearly staged yet another late game comeback. With two guys on, Mookie Betts hit a sharp ground ball to third. Seattle third baseman Dylan Moore committed an error on the throw to first, scoring Christian Vazquez.

After Moore’s first error of the inning, the ball just kept finding him. He committed two more errors in the inning, each resulting in a run to push the score to 5-6. That’s all the Sox would get, however, as Xander Bogaerts struck out on three pitches to end the game.

The Red Sox will wrap up their four-game series with the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. Rick Porcello will face Wade LeBlanc at 4:10 p.m. as the Sox will look to get back to .500.

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