Well, this weekend wasn’t the greatest for Red Sox fans. The Red Sox lost their first series of this season today. They also have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Today was one of those games where you are so frustrated after the loss. The offense looked awful today, Alex Cora made some questionable moves, the team just didn’t have it today.
After getting no-hit, the goal right from the start of the game is to get a hit. We didn’t have to wait long at all for that. Jackie Bradley Jr. started the game off with a left-field single only to be stranded. After the first inning, nothing really happened on the offensive side of things for the Red Sox until late in the game. Oakland A’s starter, Daniel Mengden, settled in after getting out of the first and retired twelve straight batters.
David Price was on the hill for the Red Sox today and he had another solid outing. It looked like Price was going to be in for a long day on the mound in the first, but escaped a jam only giving up one run. After the first inning, Price settled in after the first inning and looked pretty good the rest of the game.
Nothing happened for either team until the top half of the seventh when the Red Sox tied the ballgame on a Brock Holt double with one out. With two runners in scoring position with a chance to take the lead and the bottom of the order coming up with one out, it would have been a good time to pinch-hit and use Mookie Betts or Hanley Ramirez. Alex Cora had a different idea and let the bottom of the order hit. This didn’t work and the Red Sox left two runners in scoring position stranded.
In the next inning, the Red Sox had another chance to take the lead after Andrew Benintendi was able to get on and steal second with one out. But, J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland both struck out.
Price came back out for the eighth inning and got in some trouble early. After giving up a pair of singles, Price was able to strike out Jed Lowrie to get two outs. This is where I would have taken out Price, but I can see why Cora left him in. Anyways, Khris Davis hit a three-run shot to give the A’s a 4-1 lead. The Red Sox weren’t able to get any more runs to try to make a comeback, dropping their second game in a row.
The Red Sox will have the day off tomorrow, so hopefully they can take advantage of that. The Sox will be back in action on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Final Score: Red Sox 1, Athletics 3