Before the Red Sox start their fourth consecutive wknd series against a contending team (Rays), they begin a three game series in Kansas City. The Royals are currently the 2nd worst team in baseball at 19-40, only the Baltimore Orioles are worse. Needless to say, there is a problem if the Sox aren’t able to at least take two out of three. Looking to build momentum, they’re coming off of a big Must-Win against the Yankees.
David Price got his first win at Yankee Stadium in a Red Sox uniform, as he allowed just two runs in six innings. The offense battered the Yankees bullpen (and right fielder Clint Frazier) for five runs after CC’s exit from the game. That offensive uptick turned out to be beneficial, as Matt Barnes gave up three runs on a slippery mound. Brandon Workman thankfully recorded the save, pitching around a rare Bogaerts error.
In his 100th career start, Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox. In his last start, Rodriguez out pitched Mr. Justin Verlander, denying the Astros a sweep at Minute Maid. He allowed just the one run in six innings. Now tonight he faces the 10th ranked AL offense. Their offense was just downgraded as Hunter Dozier has landed on the IL. His .314 batting avg and .398 obp ranks 7th in both categories, in the American League.
Glenn Sparkman takes the ball for the Royals. Starting his third game of the season, Sparkman is coming off of a start where he lasted just one inning, giving up four runs. That start of his made the headlines with him plunking Tim Anderson of the White Sox, and getting ejected. Before a final decision is made about a suspension, he gets to start tonight vs the Red Sox.
There has only been one game this season that he has pitched more than 3.1 innings. On May 1, Sparkman shut out the Rays offense for seven strong innings.
First Pitch – 8:15pm ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Kansas City Royals in 5 starts, 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA. Career at Kauffman Stadium in 1 start, 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. In that lone start, Rodriguez pitched 6.1 innings of one run ball. He gave up six hits & one walk, while striking out five Royals batters.
Kansas City Royals:
Cheslor Cuthbert – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 Ks
Cam Gallagher —–
Alex Gordon – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Walk
Terrance Gore —–
Kelvin Gutierrez —–
Billy Hamilton —–
Martin Maldonado – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, K
Nicky Lopez —–
Whit Merrifield – 5 for 6 (.833 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, K
Adalberto Mondesi —–
Ryan O’Hearn —–
Jorge Soler – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk, K
Glenn Sparkman — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 3 games, 33.75 ERA. In those three relief appearances, he has been BOMBARDED for 10 Runs off of 13 Hits & 2 Walks… in just 2.2 innings of work. Career at Kauffman Stadium in 13 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, Walk
Mookie Betts – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) RBI, K
Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, 2 RBIs
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Walk
Michael Chavis —–
Rafael Devers – 0 for 1
Brock Holt —–
Sandy Leon – 0 for 1, K
J.D. Martinez —–
Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 1
Sam Travis —–
Christian Vazquez – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg)