The Boston Red Sox FINALLY played regular season baseball this weekend. While it was great for one night, it wasn’t great when the series was complete. I can’t believe I even have to type out this next sentence. The Boston Red Sox lost two out of three games to the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend. Want to know what happened or you just flat out don’t believe me? Here’s what you need to know about the Red Sox opening series and why it was puke worthy.
Friday 7/24 Red Sox 13 Orioles 2
Came out swinging.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 25, 2020
Okay, let’s start on a positive note. The Red Sox came out SWINGING on Friday night. 13 runs is plenty of offense even for this atrocious pitching staff. Nathan Eovaldi got the opening day nod and he didn’t disappoint. The righty went six innings giving up one run on five hits, with four strikeouts. Offensively, the Red Sox pounded out 17 hits. Newcomer Jose Peraza finished 4 for 5 with with two RBI’s and two runs scored. J.D. Martinez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Kevin Pillar also had three hits a piece to ignite the Red Sox to an opening night victory.
Saturday 7/25 Orioles 7 Red Sox 2
It wasn’t the same result on Saturday as the Red Sox lost for the first time in 2020, 7-2 to the Orioles. Martin Perez made his Red Sox debut and it went exactly how we all expected: not great. In five innings, Perez gave up four earned runs on six hits with four walks added in there. He gave up five total runs in the first two innings. Offensively, Alex Verdugo was the star in his Red Sox debut as he went 3 for 4 at the plate. J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. also had two hits a piece. Surely, the Red Sox wouldn’t let the Orioles beat them in a series, right? Right?! Well…
Sunday 7/26 Orioles 7 Red Sox 4
They did. The Red Sox lost the rubber match on Sunday by a 7-4 score. Ryan Weber suffered the loss on the mound as he didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. The offense got a spark from Christian Vazquez with his first homerun of the season. Jackie Bradley also finished a great series offensively with another 2-4 day at the plate. Other than that, it wasn’t fun to watch the Red Sox in this one. The Red Sox officially drop their first series of the season with their loss on Sunday afternoon to the Orioles.
I don’t know what to say. I guess all you can say is, let’s get ready for the Mets series. Personally, I feel you have to win three of your next four before the Yankees series. Otherwise, their season might be over sooner rather than later. Man, that really stinks to think about after three games.
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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