What a performance by Eovaldi in his first start in a Red Sox uniform.
Nathan Eovaldi made his first start for the Red Sox today against the Twins. The last time Eovaldi faced the Twins, he was shelled, but today was a different story. Eovaldi pitched seven scoreless innings without ever getting in any trouble. In all honesty, Eovaldi could have pitched at least one more inning. The offense could have been a lot better, but they were able to put three runs on the board which turned out to be enough to get the win.
Saying that Eovaldi had a great start is an understatement. The newly acquired starting pitcher was phenomenal and was dealing. He did a great job of throwing first-pitch strikes and keeping his pitch count low. He ended the day only throwing 82 pitches. After Eovaldi worked around a one-out double in the first inning, he found a groove and didn’t really get in any trouble the rest of the game. The first inning was also the inning where he threw the most pitches (20).
The Red Sox looked like they were going to get a couple runs in the first after a small rally. After a single, walk and an error, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out. However, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Eduardo Nunez gave the Twins two quick outs to get out of the inning without a score.
The bats were able to put a couple runs on the board the next inning. Blake Swihart started the inning off with a single. Brock Holt then reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Mookie Betts followed that up with fielder’s choice that put runners on the corners. Andrew Benintendi then came up and walked to load the bases for J.D. Martinez. Martinez ripped a double down the left-field line that scored two runs to put the Red Sox on the scoreboard.
In the top half of the third inning, Eovaldi was helped out by an amazing play by Jackie Bradley Jr. Bobby Wilson came up to the plate for the Twins to lead the inning off and hit a deep line drive into the gap in left-center field. Bradley ran the ball down and lunged to catch the ball before diving into the wall. It has to be one of the best plays I have seen him make.
Routine at this point. pic.twitter.com/9QVP9YnBp9
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2018
Another great defensive play was made the next inning. Eovaldi started the inning off by giving up a single. The next batter hit a hard ground ball to third base that Blake Swihart, who was making his first career start at third, stopped and started a double play.
Eovaldi didn’t get in any more trouble after that inning. He went on to pitch three more innings and continue his gem. Eovaldi lasted seven innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 5. What a start to his Red Sox career.
What a 💎 pic.twitter.com/EfvyCrlvw6
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2018
J.D. Martinez drove in one more run in the fourth inning to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. The Red Sox definitely could have gotten more runs in that inning after loading the bases yet again, but failed to capitalize.
Matt Barnes came out of the bullpen for the eighth inning and struck three batters out after giving up a lead-off walk. Alex Cora then brought in his closer in the ninth inning. Kimbrel was able to get three quick outs to secure the Red Sox win.
The Red Sox will start a difficult week of baseball tomorrow night as they start their two-game series against the Phillies. David Price will be on the mound for the Red Sox. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.