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 Cleveland and take a look at the upcoming series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After splitting their four-game set last week against the Tampa Bays Rays, the Red Sox made their return to Fenway to take on Cleveland. On Friday night, Nathan Eovaldi threw a classic Eovaldi game. He racked up nine strikeouts, two walks, six hits, and three earned runs in his 6 1⁄3 innings of work. Kyle Schwarber and Hunter Renfroe (aka Bloom Boys) had themselves a day as they each had three RBI.
Moving on to the second game of the three-game set, Tanner Houck got the start and looked great until that pesky fifth inning. He had seven punch outs and zero walks before being lifted in that fifth following back-to-back hits. Austin Davis, Hansel Robles, Phillips Valdez followed and didn’t allow any runs. However, Ottavino made it interesting in the ninth as he gave up three hits and three runs. He still end up getting the win as Alex Verdugo had a game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
In the final game of the series, we saw Kutter Crawford make his major-league debut after Nick Pivetta landed on the COVID IL early on Sunday morning. You could tell that Crawford was nervous but his cutter was *chef’s kiss*. Sadly the baseball gods were not on his side as he got BABIP’d in his two innings of work. John Schreiber followed for three innings and racked up five strikeouts. The bullpen (Gonsalves, Braiser, Robles) were able to keep the game in check as the offense pulled the game to one run behind. However, Valdez in his second day of work did not have it at all and gave up five earnies in the top of the ninth inning. The offense had plenty of hits (13) but only went 3-18 with runners in scoring position. You cannot expect to win a game while leaving that many men on base.
Up next for the Red Sox is a three-game set at home against Tampa Bay. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Over The Monster podcast network so you never miss an episode!