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The Red Sox continue to slide after Tuesday night’s loss to the Athletics.
After a brutal road stretch, it was an easy assumption that the Red Sox would handle business against the lowly A’s at Fenway. However, the Sox dropped their second straight home game on Tuesday night.
The offense provided a few bright spots throughout the game, including an Andrew Benintendi bomb to right. The swing mirrored a more comfortable Benintendi – one that has the ability to launch 25 homeruns over the course of a season.
— Ryan Folkes (@RyanFolkes) May 16, 2018
There were head-scratching moments in Boston. Despite launching a bomb, Benintendi had another baserunning blunder that cost the Red Sox a key run in this game. This was the 21st out that the Sox have run into during this season, highlighting a key area of improvement for this ball club.
For the second straight night, the Red Sox were unable to hold the opposition late in the game to give the offense a chance. The Red Sox were forced to attempt to score 3 runs off dominant reliever, Blake Treinen, which resulted in only one.
Steven Wright made his season debut for the Sox – allowing 2 runs in 2.1 innings of work. The knuckeballer did walk three batters which proves to be a thorn in the side of Red Sox relievers.
Eduardo Rodriguez turned in a decent outing through 5 solid innings. Despite allowing only 3 runs, the Sox starters must get find a way to turn in 6-7 innings per outing. The bullpen is running thin and is dealing with struggles. If the Red Sox are to find immediate success, the starters must be able to get deep into a ball game.
A cool non-Red Sox moment took place at Fenway. A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup for the first time since his mother passed after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The outfielder proceeded to launch a homer over the Green Monster in his first game back. This is a moment that any baseball fan can respect, regardless of the outcome.
The Red Sox will also be without Carson Smith for the immediate future after injuring his shoulder in a non-baseball injury.
Chris Sale will look to salvage game three of the series tonight.
Red Sox: 3