How many times has a team won, despite their batters striking out at least 24 times? A grand total of THREE times since 1908. The Rockies and their fans know that they should be thanking their lucky stars, that they got away last night with a win. You had Sale striking out a career high 17 batters, the bullpen striking out 7 of their own and the Sox bats belting three homeruns in the beginning of the game.
The bad was Workman blowing the lead in the 8th inning, and then Brasier losing command of the zone in the 11th as he gave up the eventual game winning run. His two walks were the first walks issued by a Sox pitcher. Of course those come back to bite him. And then with the offense… While they hit three homeruns, they didn’t capitalize as much as they should have from their twelve baserunners. The team was just 1 for 6 with RISP.
Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox. Hoping that offense continues to fire on all cylinders, with him being today’s starter.
Last 4 games of run support:
60 for 158 (.380 avg), 15 Doubles, 7 HRs, 48 RBIs, 49 Runs, 23 Walks
While he has gotten the great benefit of the bats being hot as ever for him, Rodriguez has been having having a solid start to 2019. Since giving up six runs apiece in his first two starts, he has rebounded to producing 3 ER or less in five of his last six starts. After last night’s dreadful loss, the Sox look to him to help forget about what transpired.
German Marquez takes the ball for the Rockies. The 24 year old righty is quietly coming into his own as a major league starter. In 2018, Marquez made 33 starts and registered a 3.79 ERA while striking out 230 batters in 196 innings. For 2019, Marquez holds a 3.43 ERA across nine starts. A positive for the Sox lineup is that he’s currently not striking out as many batters per nine innings (59 in 57.2 innings), compared to last yr’s rate.
First Pitch – 7:10 ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — First career start vs the Colorado Rockies. Career at Fenway Park in 53 games (49 starts), 18-12 with a 4.22 ERA.
Chris Ianetta – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks
Mark Reynolds – 0 for 2, 2 Ks
** Ianetta and Reynolds are the only Rockies batters who have previously faced Rodriguez.
German Marquez — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox:
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI
** Martinez is the only Sox batter who has previously faced Marquez.