The Red Sox settled for a series split with the Orioles on the backs of some good pitching performances early, which was certainly a refreshing change. To start off, Nathan Eovaldi had possibly his best start of the season in the first game, going seven innings with six strikeouts, one earned run and one walk. Xander Bogaerts continued his hot streak with a couple hits and a dinger, and Mitch Moreland followed suit with a couple hits and a dinger himself. On Friday, Colton Brewer made it through four scoreless innings for his best outing of the season, and Bogaerts hit another home run. Josh Osich struggled giving up all five runs the Orioles scored, but Matt Barnes (now the Red Sox closer with the departure of Brandon Workman) was able to seal the deal int he end for the save.
Games three and four on Saturday and Sunday went in the Orioles’ favor after Martín Pérez put up his best start of the year, going seven innings and striking out six while only allowing one run. Once Pérez was out of the game, however, it all fell apart. Josh Taylor allowed two runs and Barnes blew his second save of the year in extra innings. Finally, on Sunday, Zack Godley was just not sharp, issuing five walks in 2 2⁄3 innings and allowing three runs while striking out 3.
Up next for the Red Sox is a day off today and then a three-game set against the Blue Jays. Make sure to subscribe to the Over The Monster podcast network so you never miss an episode!