Welcome back to another episode of the Red Sox Pre-Cap Podcast, your spot to hear a recap of the latest series on the docket for the Red Sox as well as a preview of what’s coming down the pipeline. Today, we talk about Boston’s latest series against the Tampa Bay Rays and then look ahead to the series against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Red Sox offense continued to struggle at the plate, this was the worst time to struggle when you face the team directly ahead of you in the AL East standings. Eduardo Rodriguez looked great in the first game as he picked up eight strikeouts in his 5 1⁄3 innings of work, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Rays at bay. Garrett Whitlock and Matt Barnes gave up multiple runs after Rodriguez left the game and the Rays took the first game.
After dropping yet another game, the offense went gangbusters in the second game as they won 20-8. Every single starter had a hit and Hunter Renfroe, Xander Bogaerts, and Boby Dalbec all had at least four RBI during the game. Nathan Eovaldi looked great, but should have a tough matchup against the Yankees in his next outing.
In the last game of the series, Tanner Houck started and looked great, that is until he had to come out for a sixth inning. Houck ended with eight punch outs but also gave up three earned runs (four total) in his five-plus innings of work. Sadly, Hansel Robles followed him and walked three while also balking in an inherited run to help put the game out of reach. Tampa ultimately won 8-1.
After losing two out of three against the Rays, the Red Sox welcome in the Baltimore Orioles in for a three game series. Chris Sale returns on Saturday while Nick Pivetta and Eduardo Rodriguez should have the upper hand in their outings.
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