Welcome back to another episode of The Pre-Cap Podcast, your spot to hear the latest developments from the Red Sox most recent series as well as a look ahead to the next one up on the schedule. This time, we’re looking back at a brutal three-game sweep at the hands of the Rays as well as ahead to a three-game set in Detroit.
The Red Sox dropped all three games in this series to the Rays, who overtook the Red Sox for first place in the division for the first time since June. On Friday in the opener, the pitching matchup was Martín Pérez taking on Josh Fleming, and the Rays got to Boston’s southpaw early. Pérez struggled to the tune of four innings pitched and six earned runs on one walk and three strikeouts. Red Sox bats tallied ten hits, but were unable to really string anything together as they stranded 16 men on base.
In game two it was more of the same. This time from Nathan Eovaldi, who got through 5 1⁄3 innings pitched while allowing six runs (five earned) to go with six strikeouts and one walk. The Red Sox were able to drive runs home this time, however, even taking the lead 5-4 in the fifth. The Rays then took the lead right back, and forced Eovaldi from the game. In the seventh, Adam Ottavino struggled again, allowing three runs while recording only two outs to ultimately sink the Sox in game two.
In the finale on Sunday night, Nick Pivetta limited the Rays to three hits but still gave up three runs, which was enough for a Tampa win because again the Red Sox bats just weren’t able to push runs across. They tallied ten hits on the nights and stranded 21 runners on base with just two runs scored all night.
Next up for the Red Sox is an off day and then a three-game set against the Tigers. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast Network so you never miss an episode.