Welcome back to another episode of The Pre-Cap Podcast, your spot on the OTM Podcast Network to hear the latest from every series as well as a preview of whatever is next on the Red Sox docket. In today’s show, we look back at the weekend in Fenway against the Yankees and the upcoming series against the Orioles.
The Red Sox dropped all three games over the weekend, and in the process dropped into the second wildcard spot as a result of being swept by the Yankees. On Friday night, Nathan Eovaldi had nothing working for him from the jump, getting hit hard and often as he only lasted 2 2⁄3 innings while yielding seven hits and seven earned runs on two walks and no strikeouts. That was more than enough for Gerrit Cole, who only ran into trouble when Rafael Devers was able to get to him for a three-run bomb.
Moving on to Saturday, Nick Pivetta was able to rise to the occasion, tossing five innings of one-run ball while striking out seven. Later in the game, with two runners on in the 8th and the Red Sox leading by one, Darwinzon Hernandez hit Anthony Rizzo to load the bases, and on the very next pitch Giancarlo Stanton launched one into the night for a grand slam to seal it.
Finally, on Sunday, it was more of the same. After two Yankees errors on Kyle Schwarber pop ups have the Red Sox the lead, Boston returned the favor with a little help from Joe West when Bobby Dalbec dropped a pop foul and Christian Vazquez dropped a third strike on the transfer — which was erroneously ruled a dropped foul tip — and with two runners on and a third life, Aaron Judge took advantage by drilling a two-run double that was followed up by a Stanton two-run homer to finish the sweep.
Thankfully, next up for the Red Sox is the Baltimore Orioles. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster Podcast Network so you never miss an episode.