Welcome back to another episode of the Red Sox Pre-Cap Podcast, your spot on the Over The Monster Podcast Network to catch up on the series that was and preview the series coming up next on the schedule. In today’s show, we take a look back at the weekday series against the Los Angeles Angels and preview a three-game showdown against the Philadelphia Phillies in Fenway Park.
The Red Sox stayed out west to face the Angels this week, and all of the games were very close. Martín Pérez faced off against José Suarez in the first game in the series. While it wasn’t an exciting game to watch, it was your typical Martín Pérez outing. He made it through five-plus innings while only giving up a few runs and gave the offense a chance to win the game. The bullpen was able to lock it up as Rafael Devers, who moved into the second spot of the lineup with Alex Verdugo having the night off, made the most of his night, going 3-5 with a three-run shot.
The Sox took the first game of the series but things went downhill from there. The marquee matchup of the series was Nathan Eovaldi facing off against Shohei Ohtani in the second game on Wednesday. Sadly, it was one of those bad Eovaldi starts where he fills up the strike zone too much. He racked up nine punchouts but also gave up nine hits and five earned runs. The offense just could not put anything together and dropped the second game.
In the third and final game, a rubber match, Eduardo Rodriguez was BABIP’d to death in the first couple of innings. There was a stretch at the beginning of the game where seven hits with an exit velocity of 80 MPH or less found the grass. Not much you can do about that. He settled down for a bit before giving up a pair of homers to end things. The lineup, meanwhile, left 12 batters on base and looked pretty pitiful at times. The Sox dropped two out of three against the Angeles.
The next series will be against the Philidelphia Phillies in Fenway and we will see another Garrett Richards start. Could this be his last start before we see Tanner Houck? Will Pérez give enough to keep the offense in the second game? Will this be the Revenge Game for Nick Pivetta? I cannot wait to find out.
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