The Boston Red Sox split their four game series with the Chicago White Sox, going 2-2 and traded some big wins with some rough losses. Boston has seemingly come back down to earth after cruising off on a nine game win streak, and were in jeopardy of losing the series after being swept in yesterday’s doubleheader action. The Red Sox responded by demolishing Chicago in the Patriot Day matchup, and ended up splitting the series of the Sox.
After the game on Friday got postponed, the Sox kicked things off with a 7-4 victory thanks to a four-run eighth inning. With the score knotted at 3-3, Marwin Gonzalez would blast a solo shot to give the Red Sox a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and they would end up tacking on three more runs in the inning to put the game to rest. Nick Pivetta labored through 3 2/3 innings before being pulled, but luckily Matt Andriese was able to fill in for three innings and make sure the bullpen wouldn’t be used too much before the double header the next day.
Things wouldn’t go as well in the doubleheader, as the Red Sox would drop both games. Dallas Keuchel outdueled Tanner Houck, who was recalled from the alternate site for this game, and would pitch his team to a 3-2 victory. The second game wasn’t as close, as the Sox would fall 5-1, and only managed to get four hits off the White Sox, with former Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech and the rest of Chicago’s bullpen doing a good job of keeping the lineup off balance all game. It was a tough all around day for Boston, as their lineup failed to make any sort of impact in their games. And while their pitching staff was solid, they were unable to pick up the offense’s slack, and the team came up short as a result
Luckily the team turned things around today, and exploded for six runs in the first inning, leading to an eventual 11-4 victory. Kike Hernandez, J.D. Martinez, and Alex Verdugo all hit home runs on the day, and the offense was firing on all cylinders much like we had seen in previous games. Making the offensive outburst even more impressive was that Lucas Giolito, who is Chicago’s ace, was on the mound, and Boston chased him out of the game after one inning. Nathan Eovaldi meanwhile cruised through 6 1/3 innings, picking up 10 strikeouts in the process, and ensured Chicago wouldn’t make any sort of comeback in the game.
This a tough series to truly judge the Red Sox off of due to how back and forth they were. Obviously the doubleheader sweep was tough, but the way they responded this afternoon was more than acceptable. The starting pitching left a little bit to be desired, particularly Pivetta and Perez, both who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning of their respective games. It’s also concerning to see the lineup go ice cold at times, as they seem to score runs in bursts rather than spreading it out over the course of a game. Either way, things could certainly be worse, and the Red Sox still sit atop the AL East for the time being.
Boston will continue their homestand with a quick two game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays reloaded this past offseason, yet, like the rest of the AL East, haven’t really been able to put all the pieces together yet. This team features some dynamic young talent that can absolutely crank the baseball, and the pitching staff better be careful or else there could be some long home runs finding their way out of Fenway. Hopefully the Red Sox can keep up their momentum from today’s game and pull off a sweep, but that may be a tall task against a tough Toronto team.
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