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.
Yankee Stadium had been a nightmare lately for the Red Sox, but they were able to exorcise those demons in a weekend sweep of the Yankees. On Friday, Nathan Eovaldi kept the struggling Yankees offense in check, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out seven without surrendering a walk over six innings of work. Hirokazu Sawamura followed with two shutout innings, striking out five in the process. Rafael Devers lead the way on offense, knocking his 15th homer of the year as the Red Sox got the win 5-2.
In game two, Eduardo Rodriguez had the bounceback start he needed, going 5 1⁄3 innings and striking out seven while walking only one. He did give up a three-run homer to Gio Urshela but that was the only blemish. Dalbec launched one to the moon for his sixth homer of the season leading the offense. After a couple of walks from Brandon Workman, Matt Barnes came in a nailed down his second save in as many games as the Sox took game two 7-3.
In a wild series finale, the Red Sox battled back from down two to tie the game in the seventh on a homer from Marwin Gonzalez, then manufactured a run the hard way in the eighth to take the lead. Barnes, coming on for his third appearance in as many days, struggled and allowed a couple of walks and a hit to tie the game. In extras, the Sox plated two in the top of the tenth and Phillips Valdez closed out the tenth in a wild ride, allowing a run but completing the sweep with a 6-5 score.
Next up for the Red Sox is a makeup game against the Marlins before a three-game series against the Astros. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast network so you never miss an episode!