Throw yesterday’s 8-0 drubbing out the window. (1) The Sox offense was facing Thor, many for the first time. (2) The pitchers that appeared (Cuevas, Scott, Johnson, Thornburg & Pomeranz), NONE of them will be on the postseason roster. Last night was definitely not the time to complain about the Sox’s bullpen. The Yankees beat up on the Blue Jays by a score of 11-0, so the lead is 9.5 games now and magic number stays at 6.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox, looking for his 17th Win of the season. After five innings against the Astros lineup, the score was 5-1 Sox. Porcello left the game with the Sox leading 5-2 with 2 outs in the 6th and two men on. The duo of Hembree & Brian Johnson allowed the next three runs to score to tie the game. Luckily the Sox won it in the 9th inning, by virtue of a walkoff single by Mitch Moreland. This was Porcello’s fourth consecutive start of pitching 5.2 innings or less. It’s been practically a month since he pitched seven innings vs the Indians.
Corey Oswalt takes the ball for the Mets. The 25 year old rookie has pretty much had a downright “devilish” time in the majors, pitching to a 6.62 ERA. This SHOULD be a game to get the Sox bats out of their current funk. Oswalt was bad in the first half when he made his major league debut, albeit with an 0.99 WHIP and opp .195 avg. In the 2nd half he’s been even worse, and sky high numbers of a 1.63 WHIP and opp .326 avg.
2nd half stats
9 games (5 starts) — 3-0, 7.34 ERA
30.2 innings, 42 Hits, 25 Runs, 9 HRs, 8 Walks, 19 Ks
Rick Porcello — Career vs New York Mets in 2 starts, 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA. That is 10 ER off of 15 hits in 10.2 innings, walking three and striking out four. Career at Fenway Park in 65 starts, 33-24 with a 4.47 ERA.
New York Mets:
Jay Bruce – 0 for 2, Walk
Michael Conforto —–
Wilmer Flores —–
Todd Frazier – 0 for 3, RBI, Walk, K
Austin Jackson – 0 for 3
Jose Lobaton – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, K
Jeff McNeil —–
Devin Mesoraco —–
Tomas Nido —–
Brandon Nimmo —–
Kevin Plawecki —–
Jack Reinheimer —–
Jose Reyes – 6 for 12 (.500 avg) Triple, K
Amed Rosario —–
Dominic Smith —–
Corey Oswalt — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career on the road in 7 games (4 starts), 1-1 with an 8.25 ERA. In 24 innings, he has given up 22 ER off of 32 Hits (8 HRs) and 7 walks, while striking out just 13 batters.
No active Red Sox players have previously faced Oswalt before.