Welcome back to another episode of the OTM Pre-Cap Podcast, where we look back at the series that was and look ahead to the series coming up. In this case, we look at a tough four days in Houston before looking ahead to the big weekend set in New York.
The Red Sox bats were mostly silent in this four-game set against the Astros, as they dropped three of four. In the first game, Eduardo Rodriguez struggled again, only managing to get through 4 2⁄3 innings while allowing six runs. Colton Brewer followed and also struggled, giving up another four runs.
In game number two the Red Sox bats again struggled against Houston pitching while Garrett Richards played with fire again, walking four but getting through six innings while striking out five and only allowing two runs. The offense couldn’t pick him up at any point, though, and it was a second straight loss.
On Wednesday, Nick Pivetta continued his hot streak, pitching six innings of two-run ball while striking out nine, but the bats again let the pitching down. They were only able to muster one run all night.
In the series finale with a sweep on the line, Martín Pérez pitched what was possibly his best start of the year to stop the bleeding and avoid the sweep. Perez went 7 2⁄3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk, not allowing a single run. The Red Sox bats finally woke up with a three-run homer from Christian Arroyo and a two-run double from Xander Bogaerts to finish of the series with a 5-1 win.
Next up for the Red Sox is a three-game set on the road against the Yankees. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast Network so you never miss an episode.