Welcome back to another episode of the Over the Monster Pre-Cap Podcast, the podcast where we look back at the latest series that was for the Red Sox while peeking ahead to the next series on the schedule.
The Red Sox returned to Fenway and after a 5-3 single-game win make-up against the Marlins, they welcomed the Astros to town for a three-game set. Things did not get off on the right foot on Tuesday as Martín Pérez allowed six runs in two innings, and the Sox never threatened against Framber Valdez. The boos did very little to rattle the likes of Carlos Correa, who homered in the first, and Alex Bregman. Kiké Hernández did contribute two hits out of the eight-hole, while Christian Arroyo led off. Final score: Astros 7, Red Sox 1.
In game two, Nathan Eovaldi fared no better and took one for the team, allowing 14 baserunners over 5 1⁄3 innings as the Astros racked up 17 hits as a team in an 8-3 victory. The offense was shut down by Jake Odorizzi and the rare four-inning save from Cristian Javier, save for a two-run shot by Xander Bogaerts.
These two teams saved the true gem for finale in a wild, back-and-forth affair on Thursday night in, which the Sox pulled out 12-8. Eduardo Rodriguez couldn’t get through five but was dealt an unfair final line of six runs over 4 2⁄3 after Matt Andriese couldn’t find the plate and allowed all of his inherited runners to score, and then some. Multi-hit games from Hernández, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Christian Vázquez (three hits), and Bobby Dalbec led a 12-run charge from the offense. Arroyo’s three-run shot to tie the game in the fifth gave the team a real spark before the Sox went ahead in the sixth for good. Find yourself a YouTube highlight package if you weren’t able to catch this one, it was a wild affair and one of the great Sox wins of the season.
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