After a crucial weekend series in Tampa that resulted in a sweep, the latest Red Sox homestand presented the team an opportunity to do damage on some beatable opponents. The team remains under .500, but did start to show signs of rising up from the ashes of a losing April. Following the sweep of the Rays, optimism was abound as the fan base thought, “maybe this is when the team turns it around!” A lopsided Detroit series followed by a part of tightly contested losses to Tampa got the homestand offer to an undesirable start. A strong finish over Oakland pulled Boston back above water though. Let’s look back at the key points of each series.
Series One: Detroit (10-10), split series 2-2
- In game one of a doubleheader, following a rainout the night before, the Red Sox homestand started off with a strong start from Chris Sale, but a start that only saw him work five innings.
- 2019 rising star Matthew Boyd tossed a quality start (7 IP, 3 R, 3 K) and led Detroit to a 7-4 day-game victory.
- In game two, rookie hurlers Darwinzon Hernandez (2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 K) and Travis Lakins (2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K) appeared out of the bullpen in impressive fashion in their major league debuts.
- Much like in game one, the Red Sox offense had a quiet evening at the plate, losing 4-2.
- In game three, the Sox bats broke out for the first time, powered by a balance attack that saw Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Christian Vazquez drive in a pair of runs each
- The Sox were also powered by Eduardo Rodriguez’s best start of the season to date (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 7 K) in an 11-3 laugher.
- In the finale, the Red Sox bat’s again showed burst, leaning on a home run from rookie Michael Chavis and a two-run double from Devers, as well as quality start from Rick Porcello in a 7-3 victory.
Series Two: Tampa Bay (18-9), lose series 0-2
- A strong start by David Price (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 7 K) but a poor night from the Red Sox offense in a 2-1 loss in game one.
- In the second matchup, Chris Sale rebounded after allowing four runs in the first two innings to go seven strong. It was not enough though as the Red Sox fell to Tyler Glasnow and the Rays 5-2.
- Charlie Morton and Glasnow both shined in their starts against Boston, allowing just three earned runs combined.
- The loss was Sale’s fifth on the season, and he remains without a victory.
Series Three: Oakland 14-16), win series 3-0
- With the Red Sox homestand looking like yet another setback, the team rebounded well to pound Oakland over three games.
- In game one, another spread out offensive attack, including three RBI from Chavis and three hits from Mookie Betts, helped the Sox come back from a 4-0 deficit to claim an eventual 9-4 victory.
- The bullpen allowed just one hit and no runs in 4.1 innings of work among the six players that appeared.
- Game two received a gem for Porcello (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 K) as Boston rose victorious 5-1.
- Game three featured strong work out of the stable, as six relievers combined to allow three runs.
The Red Sox are in the midst of a seven-game road trip. They will play the White Sox before stopping in Baltimore.