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 Tampa Bay while also taking a look forward to this weekend’s three-game set against Cleveland.
The Red Sox were able to rebound after two bad games to start this series to earn a 2-2 split against the Rays. In game one, Nick Pivetta struggled, walking five and striking out six across five innings while allowing four runs. The offense also had trouble getting anything going, tallying six hits from five different batters and only mustering one run.
In game two, newly-acquired Brad Peacock got his first major-league action of the season and did not fare well. The righty was charged with five runs on only two hits in 2 1⁄3 innings. The offense yet again struggled to score runs, out-hitting the Rays 10 to 5 but stranding 20 men on base in the 8-5 loss.
In game three Chris Sale got the ship righted a bit, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Jarren Duran came through with the key hit in the top of the ninth scoring Rafael Devers for the winning run. In the finale, Eduardo Rodriguez had perhaps his best start of the year going six innings allowing no runs and striking out six. Garrett Richards followed earning his second three-inning save of the season while striking out 4. Bobby Dalbec had two more RBIs and Kyle Schwarber and J.D. Martinez each added a couple hits on the way to a 4-0 win and a 2-2 series split.
Up next for the Red Sox is a three-game set at home against Cleveland. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster podcast network so you never miss an episode!