Entering this past weekend, the Sox were having a good run. They had won five out of their last seven games and the offense was looking like “all systems go” (18 runs in last 2 games vs Detroit)…. Then the rain came on Friday and seemingly washed away their good vibes. The bad version of 2019 Sox reared its ugly head. Most notably the defense and struggling to score runs woes (3 runs in 2 games). Yesterday the Sox outhit the Rays, and yet only scored two runs. WS MVP Steve Pearce stranded three runners, and is currently batting a ghastly .103 to the season.
Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox. He is coming off of his second Win of the year, where he fired off six innings of one run ball vs the Detroit Tigers lineup. After the first two starts of the season (including these A’s), Rodriguez has settled down in his last three starts to be a dependable guy on the bump. The rotation all in all has rounded to form since their brutal two week stretch to start the season, now they wait for the offense to become more consistent.
Frankie Montas takes the ball for the Oakland A’s. Montas has appeared here & there in the majors since debuting as a White Sox during the 2015 season. Through his first five starts of the new campaign, he’s currently enjoying a good run — (4-1, 3.10 ERA). Montas tends to having an inning max output along the lines of E-Rod, good bet he’s in the locker room after about five or six innings. But sadly this is the Red Sox lineup that has had their fits against starting pitchers. They rank 27th in baseball with a .216 batting avg, from innings 1-6.
First Pitch – 7:10 ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 5 starts, 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 51 games (47 starts), 17-12 with a 4.28 ERA.
Mark Canha – 0 for 10, 4 Ks
Matt Chapman – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks
Khris Davis – 1 for 14 (.071 avg) Walk, 8 Ks
Robbie Grossman – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks
Nick Hundley —–
Ramon Laureano – 0 for 1, Walk
Kendrys Morales – 8 for 27 (.296 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks
Josh Phegley – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) Double, RBI
Chad Pinder – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks
Stephen Piscotty – 4 for 5 (.800 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 6 HRs
Jurickson Profar – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Walk, 3 Ks
Marcus Semien – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Walk, 3 Ks
Frankie Montas — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 games, 0.00 ERA. In those two relief appearances, he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out six Sox batters. First career start at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 1, K
Mookie Betts – 0 for 2
Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 1, Walk, K
Jackie Bradley Jr. —–
Michael Chavis —–
Rafael Devers —–
Sandy Leon —–
Tzu-Wei Lin —–
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, K
Mitch Moreland —–
Steve Pearce —–
Christian Vazquez – 0 for 1