Coming off their first series win of 2020, the Red Sox could not have looked worse against the Rays. The only competitive game in this week’s four-game set was the first one, when the offense got to Ryan Yarbrough early but the bullpen could not keep up and they lost the game 8-7.
In the second game, Martín Pérez had the cutter working and looked good in his 5 2⁄3 innings, where he struck out five and only giving up two runs. Unfortunately, Austin Brice came in after and gave up 5 runs on four hits while recording only two outs. The offense couldn’t score off the Rays bullpen and they lost the game 8-2.
In game number three, the Red Sox went up against Blake Snell, who at that point had not gone more than three innings in an outing. This time, Snell went five innings and struck out six batters while only giving up four hits. Zack Godley went three innings, gave up ten hits, and eight earned runs. Ryan Weber came in for the final six innings and only gave up five hits and one earned run. Ultimately, the Red Sox lost 9-5.
The final game of the series was easily the worst baseball game I’ve seen. Kyle Hart made his major-league debut but could not make it past two innings. Phillips Valdez, the unsung hero of the pitching staff, came in for three innings and only gave up four hits. Marcus Walden followed him, couldn’t get an out before giving up six earned runs. José Peraza started the ninth inning but had to come out of the game after getting hit on the knee by a line drive. By the end of the game, Kevin Plawecki was on the mound and Tzu-Wei Lin was behind the plate. The Sox lost 17-8 and the Rays swept the series.
Up next for the Red Sox is another four-game set, this time against the Yankees. Oh boy. We discuss all of that in this edition of the Pre-Cap Podcast, this time with myself and Matt Collins.
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