Another day, another loss. The Red Sox did nothing well in this game, which has certainly been a theme in this season. Martín Pérez only tossed three innings because of rain, but he allowed three runs. Josh Osich tossed a couple innings out of the bullpen and allowed a homer in each of them. Austin Brice gave one up, too. The offense was mostly doing nothing as the night went on, and when they occasionally had some momentum they were liable for a double play to take it all away. If you’re looking for positives, Josh Taylor looked good in his return with a nine-pitch perfect inning, Heath Hembree continued his strong season and Christian Vázquez had a couple hits. Other than that... Yeah. What else is there to say?
As crazy as it sounds, there is a fair argument to be made right now that Martín Pérez is the closest thing the Red Sox have to a stopper in their rotation. Nathan Eovaldi has more talent — I think most people would agree with that, right? — but the results from Pérez this year have been more impressive. This was his biggest test of the year, though, heading into Yankee Stadium with his team in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Granted, New York wasn’t exactly sending their A-Team to the park for this one, but there was still plenty of potential damage in that lineup.
The first was a frustrating, typical inning for Pérez. He got a couple of quick outs on just six pitches, but then he completely lost the zone and issued three straight walks to load up the bases for Miguel Andújar, who just got called up. It looked like he got ahold of one, too, sending one out to deep left field. Fortunately, he just barely got under it and José Peraza was able to make a very awkward catch at the wall to end the inning unscathed.
Pérez wouldn’t be as fortunate in the second. Once again, he got a couple of quick outs to start things out there before things started to go downhill. Control was the issue again, though this time it was in the form of a hit batter as Pérez struck number nine hitter Tyler Wade with a pitch to keep the inning going. Aaron Hicks then took advantage, slapping a double out to center field with Wade on the move, allowing him to score easily and make it a 1-0 game. Luke Voit came up next, and after getting to a 2-2 count Pérez left a changeup right in the heart of the plate. Voit doesn’t miss those, and he smashed a two-run shot to put three on the board for New York.
The good news is Pérez did come back with a 1-2-3 inning after that. The bad news is the Red Sox weren’t really getting anything going on offense against Jordan Montgomery, and when they finally did it angered the gods. They did get a man on to start the game thanks to a Gleyber Torres error, but a double play ensured it was still a three-batter inning. The second and third would be a perfect ones for Montgomery.
The fourth brought a bit of momentum for the Red Sox with a little two-out rally. J.D. Martinez got it going with a base hit, which was followed by another single for Xander Bogaerts. With two on, Christian Vázquez hit a third straight single to bring Martinez home, and the Red Sox were on the board to make it a 3-1 game. Fittingly, the skies immediately opened up and delayed the game for an hour and twenty minutes for your Daily 2020 Red Sox Moment. We need a sponsor for that. Anyway, the game resumed, Luis Avilan came in, and while he loaded the bases with a walk Alex Verdugo struck out to end the inning with just that one run coming across.
The delay was long enough to knock Pérez out of the game, too, and Josh Osich was the next man up. It didn’t take long for him to make his mark on the game. Thairo Estrada led off the bottom of the fourth, and on the third pitch he saw he got a flat cutter at the top of the zone and he launched it out to left field for a solo home run, making it a 4-1 game. In the fifth, after the Red Sox again had an ill-timed double play in the top of the inning, Osich once again had trouble with the leadoff batter. This time it was Voit, who launched his second homer of the game on the third pitch he saw. Just like that, it was a 5-1 game.
With Michael King coming in for New York in the sixth, the Red Sox had another little two-out rally in them. Vázquez kept the inning alive with a base hit, and then Michael Chavis was hit by a pitch to put a pair on for Verdugo. The outfielder hit a fly ball out to left field that, frankly, should have been the third out but Andújar took a terrible route and let it get over his head for a double, putting another run on the board for the Red Sox to make it 5-2.
In the bottom of the inning, Josh Taylor came on for his first appearance of the year. He looked very good, getting a nine-pitch 1-2-3 inning. After the Red Sox managed just a single in the seventh — in part due to Clint Frazier making a very nice running grab to end the inning — Austin Brice came in to pitch in the bottom of the inning. His first pitch was deposited into the right field seats for a solo homer from Hicks to make it a 6-2 game. That was all he’d allow in an inning that ended with a successful Kevin Plawecki — who came in for Vázquez to start the inning — back pick.
The Red Sox now had six more outs to score at least four runs, but they went down in order in the eighth. After Heath Hembree continued his strong year with a 1-2-3 inning, there was one more chance left with Aroldis Chapman on the mound. They showed some life with a one-out triple off the bat of Peraza that was followed by an RBI double from Jonathan Araúz to make it a three-run game. That was all they’d get, though, and the 6-3 final made it eight losses in a row for the Sox.
The Red Sox thankfully get to leave New York after this one and head out back home for a very quick two-game set against the Phillies. Zack Godley takes the mound for Boston on Tuesday with Zach Eflin going for Philly. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM ET.