Dave O’Brien last night coined the team as the “Everyday they win Red Sox”. Overall that’s a valid nickname, as they are 15-2 in their last 17 games. Won’t comfortably say the division is wrapped up until more time has passed, 2011 is still fresh in my mind. But it’s a 10 game lead, and the magic number is now at 33 on August 15. Rick Porcello pitched like he did against the Yanks, and shut down another playoff opponent. The game got more remarkable when Brock Holt, Brock Holt, pinch hit for Porcello and hit a homerun on the very first pitch.
Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Sox, looking to join Porcello in forgetting completely about his most recent start. Eovaldi’s first two starts in a Sox uniform labeled the Sox trade deadline winner for acquiring him, as he pitched 15 shutout innings. The wheels fell off as the Orioles battered him, forcing an early exit. Not fully placing blame, but his start was called by Dan Butler. Number of times it was apparent that there was miscommunication. And he wasn’t the only pitcher that day to exhibit the body language correlating with that.
While Eovaldi has started nine games against the Phillies, the last time he made a start against them was in 2014 (2-0, 2.41 ERA), That is why he’s only faced a small number of Phillies batters before.
Vince Velasquez takes the ball for the Phillies. Debuting back in 2015 with the Astros, Velasquez is actually two starts away from the most he has pitched in a season. Last year was a down year for him as he posted a 5.13 ERA across just 15 starts. This season has registered a decent 3.98 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and opp .228 avg (all career lows). Velasquez’s last time out was a loss giving up 4 Runs against Arizona, that was the first time since June 19 of allowing more than 2 Runs.
Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Philadelphia Phillies in 9 starts, 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA. Career at Citizens Bank Park in 4 starts, 1-1 with a 4.57 ERA.
Jorge Alfaro —–
Justin Bour – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) RBI, 4 Ks
Asdrubal Cabrera – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks
Maikel Franco —–
Cesar Hernandez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Walk, 2 Ks
Odubel Herrera —–
Rhys Hoskins —–
Scott Kingery —–
Andrew Knapp —–
Roman Quinn —–
Carlos Santana – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, Walk, K
Vince Velasquez —–
Nick Williams —–
Vince Velasquez — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. That was a quality start, 6 innings of 3 run ball, walking none and striking out 7 batters. Career at Citizens Bank Park in 33 games (32 starts), 11-13 with a 4.34 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi —–
Mookie Betts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 RBIs
Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, RBI
Jackie Bradley Jr. —–
Rafael Devers —–
Nathan Eovaldi —–
Brock Holt – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, K
Sandy Leon —–
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI
Mitch Moreland —–
Eduardo Nunez —–
Steve Pearce —–
Blake Swihart —–