It took until the sixth inning, but the Sox still erupted for eight runs against the Kansas City bullpen. Glenn Sparkman got an undeserved No Decisions, as his bullpen quickly put the game out of reach. Opposing him, Eduardo Rodriguez improved his season record to 6-3. His 4.88 ERA notwithstanding, Rodriguez’s run support continues to be the best in the Sox rotation.
JD Martinez (3 for 3), Rafael Devers (2 RBI Double) and Holt (go ahead RBI) led the charge in the Sox’s ten hit attack. The big blow of the night came from Eduardo Nunez, pinch hitting for Holt who had been having a solid game. Shades of 2018 Cora magic, led to Nunez slugging a clutch three run shot to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox. The search for his 2nd Win of the season carries on. Yes his W-L record is a ghastly eyesore of 1-7, but he hasn’t pitched at all that bad. He could use some of that run support that Rodriguez seems to get every time out on the bump. Coming off of a 2.82 ERA month of May, Sale has had six starts this season of giving up three runs or less. Five of which have been two runs or less. On paper, this should be a “Sale Day” no doubter win.
Jakob Junis takes the ball for the Royals. Starting his 13th game of the season, Junis is looking to improve upon his current 2019 marks of 4-5 with a 5.35 ERA. His last two starts against offensive teams (Yankees, Rangers), have been good as he has given up 5 ER in twelve innings of work. The Sox bats look to score a lot earlier than last night. When Junis has run into trouble this season, he’s had difficulties lessening the damage. There has been six starts this season, where he has given up four runs or more.
First Pitch – 8:15pm ET !!!
Chris Sale — Career vs Kansas City Royals in 34 games (23 starts), 11-10 with a 2.87 ERA. Career at Kauffman Stadium in 17 games (11 starts), 6-5 with a 3.05 ERA.
Kansas City Royals:
Cheslor Cuthbert – 4 for 20 (.200 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 6 Ks
Cam Gallagher —–
Alex Gordon – 15 for 64 (.234 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 5 Walks, 23 Ks
Terrance Gore —–
Kelvin Gutierrez —–
Billy Hamilton —–
Nicky Lopez —–
Martin Maldonado – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) 5 Ks
Whit Merrifield – 6 for 25 (.240 avg) 2 Doubles, Triple, RBI, Walk, 7 Ks
Adalberto Mondesi – 0 for 4, Walk, 2 Ks
Ryan O’Hearn —–
Jorge Soler – 1 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, Walk, 3 Ks
Jakob Junis — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 3.00 ERA. In that one start, he pitched six innings of two run ball, while allowing eight baserunners (7 Hits, 1 Walk). Five Sox batters went down via the K. Career at Kauffman Stadium in 32 games (30 starts), 10-9 with a 4.55 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)
Mookie Betts —–
Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 3, 2 Ks
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K
Michael Chavis —–
Rafael Devers – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 Doubles, K
Brock Holt —–
Sandy Leon —–
J.D. Martinez – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) 2 Walks, 2 Ks
Eduardo Nunez —–
Sam Travis —–
Christian Vazquez – 0 for 3, K