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 Yankees and then look ahead to the series against the Texas Rangers.
After sweeping the Orioles, the Red Sox faced a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, and then a third game on Wednesday. Tanner Houck made his return in the first game and performed well. However, the decision to take him out after only four innings was a bit questionable. Sure, he struggles facing the lineup for a third time but they have to get him some longer starts. Garret Whitlock followed and had one of his worst outings of the season. The offense made it very interesting in the seventh inning by loading the bases with no outs but couldn’t score as Boston fell 5-3 in the first game.
In the second game of the day, Nathan Eovaldi faced off against Luis Gil. Eovaldi had been dominant against the Yankees this year until this start. He gave up seven hits, and two of those hits went over the fence. More importantly, offense couldn’t help him out. Gil had shaky command but the Red Sox couldn’t capitalize. They went 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in the 2-0 loss. Not great Bob.
That just left one game to avoid the sweep with Nick Pivetta taking on Andrew Heaney. I thought Boston had this game won before it even started, given that Heaney had a 10.80 ERA in his three starts since being traded from the Los Angeles Angels. Instead, he went seven innings and only gave up two hits. Nick Pivetta, on the other hand, couldn’t make it out of the second inning.
Garrett Richards followed and looked amazing in his four innings of work. He struck out five, walked one with no runs allowed. Sadly, the offense had nothing and the Sox were swept with a 5-2 loss to the Yankees.
The Red Sox face off against the Texas Rangers this weekend at Fenway and we are in the need of another sweep.
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