Welcome back to another episode of The Pre-Cap Podcast, your spot on the OTM Podcast Network to hear the latest from every series as well as a preview of whatever is next on the Red Sox docket. In today’s show, we look back at a tough series in Baltimore, and ahead to the season’s final series in Washington.
The Red Sox find themselves in midst of pure chaos entering the last series of the regular season after dropping two out of three to the lowly Orioles. On Tuesday, Chris Sale was tagged for his first loss of the season after going 5 1⁄3 innings and allowing four hits and three earned runs while walking one and striking out six. Ryan Mountcastle had the big hit of the night, taking Sale deep for a two-run shot to give the Orioles the lead in the 6th inning. The Red Sox offense continued to struggle, as they were only able to muster three hits off Orioles pitching, and Hunter Renfroe had two of them as the Red Sox lost 4-2.
In the second game, Nathan Eovaldi bounced right back from his terrible previous outing against the Yankees, going six shutout innings and allowing only four hits while walking one and striking out seven. The Red Sox offense was able to wake up for at least a moment for this this game with four players having a multi-hit day, including a big day from J.D. Martinez, who had a homer and a two-run double leading to a 6-0 win.
In the rubber match on Thursday, it was a reversion to game one of the series as the offense failed to show up against poor pitching. Mountcastle again landed the gut punch with a three-run homer, the only damage off of Nick Pivetta, in the third inning that gave the Orioles the lead and they never looked back en-route to a 6-2 win.
Next up for the Red Sox is the Washington Nationals for the final series of the regular season. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast Network so you never miss an episode.