Last night albeit with a fastball as low as 88 mph, Chris Sale had the best start of the season for the Red Sox. In six innings he allowed just the 1 run, naturally being a homerun. The Sox offense out hit the A’s by a 7-3 gap, but yet they couldn’t scratch a single run across. The dagger being Bogaerts thrown out, trying to stretch a one out double into a triple. The team is looking for answers, and unfathomably are currently tied for the worst record in MLB with the Angels.

Nathan Eovaldi is making his second start of the season, and is hoping to follow Chris Sale’s lead and produce the second straight Sox quality start. The lineup for the most part has limited experience facing off with Eovaldi on the mound, so the advantage goes to Nathan in this matchup. He made one start vs the A’s last season and it was a gem, six shutout innings while walking one and striking out four batters. The walk was the only baserunner he allowed.

Former Blue Jay Marco Estrada takes the ball for the A’s in tonight’s game. Estrada’s first two seasons in Toronto were of the solid variety, posting ERA’s of 3.13 and 3.48. But the last two seasons however were nothing but ineffectiveness, as he had ballooning ERA’s of 4.98 and 5.64. His time in Oakland is off to a good start, pitching quality starts in his first two outings (3 ER in 11 innings).

First Pitch — 10:07 ET !!!

** Silver lining note. After tonight, there is just two games remaining with 10 pm starts…and those games don’t happen until August.


Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 6 starts, 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA.


Oakland Athletics:

Mark Canha – 0 for 2

Matt Chapman – 0 for 1, Walk, K

Khris Davis – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Robbie Grossman – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) 3 Walks

Nick Hundley – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk

Ramon Laureano —–

Kendrys Morales – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 Walks

Josh Phegley —–

Chad Pinder – 0 for 2

Stephen Piscotty – 0 for 2

Jurickson Profar —–

Marcus Semien – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) RBI, 2 Ks


Marco Estrada — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 17 games (15 starts), 4-8 with a 4.68 ERA. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 3 starts, 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 7 for 20 (.350 avg) 3 Doubles, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 4 for 29 (.138 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 Walks, 6 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 5 for 31 (.161 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 4 for 20 (.200 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) 2 RBIs, 5 Ks

Brock Holt – 3 for 19 (.158 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 6 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 23 (.217 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) Double, Walk, 4 Ks

Blake Swihart – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) 2 Walks, 4 Ks

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