Earlier this afternoon, the Red Sox lost a close game, 3-2. This afternoon, they sent out Martin Pérez to face former Red Sox top prospect Michael Kopech.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Martin Pérez is still Martin Pérez. The first two batters to face Pérez in the first inning reached, to bring up the other former Red Sox top prospect playing in today’s game: Yoán Moncada. He hit a single off of the glove of Xander Bogaerts, to load the bases with no outs. The ugly uniforms from this morning were gone (to hopefully never be seen again), but the Red Sox played ugly enough in the first inning to make up for the loss. A routine double play was flubbed on the turn by Enrique Hernandez, who could not transfer the ball over to first base. A run scored. Thankfully despite the disaster brewing, the Red Sox were able to tightrope out of danger.
He gave up a couple more runs later on, one run a result of a Yermín Mercedes solo shot, and another a result of a bloop that fell just in front of Alex Verdugo’s sliding catch. Pérez departed after 3 2⁄3 innings, giving up seven hits, and tallying four strikeouts. Pérez was too hittable, and the Red Sox were incredibly lucky to only give up four runs over the time he was in the game. He was bad, and there’s no excusing it.
Michael Kopech is decidedly not Pérez. Boasting a fastball that exceeds 100 miles per hour, and a mini man-bun, Kopech was untouchable. Through one, through two, through three. The first hit against Kopech came in the fourth inning, shortly after Kopech also gave up his first walk of the night. After the no-hitter was broken up, Tony La Russa turned to Matt Foster. Foster is also not Michael Kopech. J.D. Martinez slapped a single up the middle to ensure the Red Sox would not be shutout.
The offense for the Red Sox, otherwise, was very limp, and failed to put up any sort of offense against Foster. They then tried their hand against Garrett Crochet, a 2020 draftee who made the majors last year.
Making appearances for the Red Sox tonight were Austin Brice, Hirokazu Sawamura, and Phillips Valdez. Brice was acceptable, allowing two baserunners in his 1 1⁄3 innings of work. Valdez also performed admirably, with a hitless inning.
Sawamura on the other hand had what I feel is his first truly poor performance in a Red Sox uniform. For the first time in a Sox uniform, he gave up multiple hits in an inning of work, and to make it better, he didn’t record an out before doing so. Then he lost the strike zone and walked the bases loaded.
He induced a weak fly out, but then faced Nick Madrigal, who lined one into right field. Hunter Renfroe caught it, but momentum was carrying him the wrong way so he couldn’t fire a strong enough throw to get the runner breaking for the plate, leading to a 5-1 score for the White Sox. He limited the damage, but this was the worst we have seen Sawamura. He did a great job of fighting back from bases loaded, with nobody out, but it shouldn’t have gotten to that point.
The Red Sox failed to do anything offensive the rest of the game, including against Liam Hendriks, who only threw fastballs, on the heels of his earlier performance where he couldn’t locate his breaking stuff at all. That’s right, the Red Sox knew exactly what was coming and did absolutely nothing with that information.
The Red Sox lost, completing the White Sox sweep of the double header. They play again tomorrow at noon. Then we are done with the White Sox, as we usher them out of town. What a miserable day this was. At least the yellow jerseys are gone.