The Sox’s record after seven games is now 2-5. BOTH wins were of the thrilling come from behind victory, and BOTH games had a clutch hit from Mitch Moreland. Last night’s hit was a bases loaded one out double off of a lefty pitcher. If Steve Pearce was on the roster, there’s a chance he might’ve actually been pinch hit for. The World Series hero, by the way, is making his return to the active roster and Sam Travis is heading back to Pawtucket.

While the Red Sox did benefit from rare erratic A’s defense and baseball luck hits, the Sox offense showed some signs that they are about to turn it around for a nice stretch. It was capped off by Benintendi’s RBI stand up triple to make it 6-3. He smoked the ball with authority. On a warmer day, that goes out easily.

Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound for the Sox. Making his second start of the season, E-Rod is gunning to piggyback on Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi’s improvements of their 2019 debuts. It’d be even better if he breaks the streak of seven games in a row in which a Sox starter allowing a homerun. It would benefit Alex Cora if Rodriguez supplied a decent amount of innings today, as the bullpen (while having great start to season), needs some rest before departing for Arizona.

Last season Rodriguez pitched more than six innings just twice, and each of those starts lasted 6.2 innings.

Brett Anderson takes the ball for the Athletics. The 31 year old southpaw has had some success vs the Sox lineup in the pas, but today might be a struggle to navigate through a loaded order. Anderson’s season debut was a six shutout inning performance against the Angels. He is however, a stingy pitcher of allowing the longball. The most given up in a season is twenty, and that came in his 2009 rookie season.

First Pitch — 3:37 ET !!!

Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 4 starts, 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 2 starts, 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

Oakland Athletics:

Mark Canha – 0 for 8, 4 Ks

Matt Chapman – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Khris Davis – 0 for 12, 7 Ks

Robbie Grossman – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Nick Hundley —–

Ramon Laureano —–

Kendrys Morales – 8 for 27 (.296 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks

Josh Phegley – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI

Chad Pinder – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Stephen Piscotty – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI

Jurickson Profar – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Marcus Semien – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) 3 Ks

Brett Anderson — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 11 starts, 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 45 games (38 starts), 15-12 with a 3.40 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mookie Betts – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 RBIs

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2, K

Rafael Devers – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Walk

Brock Holt —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Walk, K

Eduardo Nunez – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) 3 Doubles, RBI

Steve Pearce —–

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 2