It took a 25 man roster effort just about, to get the Sox to salvage a split against the Rangers. In the 2nd inning last night, David Price was gone from the mound and the Sox were staring at a 6-1 deficit. Then the magic happened. The magic that can set off a hot run. The offense slugged five homeruns — JD Martinez solo HR (before Price’s exit), Jackie Bradley Jr 3 Run HR, Michael Chavis physics denying solo shot, Rafael Dever’s shot to CF, and Xander Bogaerts’ 7th inning green monster shot.
Offense aside, the true heroes of the game was the bullpen. They fired off 7.2 shutout innings, that was capped off with Josh F’in Smith getting the one run save. It would have gone to Heath Hembree, but he was dealing with forearm tightness. And today’s roster moves have come out right before the game.
Brian Johnson activated off of IL, Josh Taylor promoted from Pawtucket
Heath Hembree placed on the IL, Sam Travis down to Pawtucket
Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Red Sox. Even though Brian Johnson and Josh Taylor are joining the team, Alex Cora is still relying on E-Rod to give them some much needed innings. He hasn’t pitched fewer than five innings since April 29th, odds should be good that he can give them at least six innings tonight. Rodriguez is coming off of a loss where he gave up 4 ER in 5.2 innings against the Rays on Sunday. This came with Cy Young Winner Snell on the mound, with the Sox scoring just one run.
Luis Ortiz takes the ball for the Orioles. All in all, Ortiz is a pitcher that the Sox should just hammer as soon as he steps on the mound. He had a rough go of it in his cup of coffee with the Orioles last season… and this season in Triple A Norfolk, has pretty much been a nightmare for him.
11 starts (2-6, 7.01 ERA)
52.2 innings, 63 Hits, 45 Runs (41 ER), 14 HRs, 41 Ks, 23 Walks
First Pitch – 7:05pm ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 16 games (14 starts), 7-5 with a 3.65 ERA. Career at Camden Yards in 8 starts, 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA.
Hanser Alberto – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)
Keon Broxton – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, K
Chris Davis – 5 for 27 (.222 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 14 Ks
Trey Mancini – 7 for 23 (.304 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, Walk, 8 Ks
Richie Martin – 0 for 2, K
Renato Nunez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Walk, 2 Ks
Rio Ruiz —–
Anthony Santander —–
Pedro Severino – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)
Chance Sisco —–
Jonathan Villar – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Double, RBI, K
Stevie Wilkerson – 0 for 2, 2 Ks
Luis Ortiz — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career at Camden Yards in 1 start, 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In that one start, he gave up 3 Runs (1 ER) off of four hits and one walk in just 1.2 innings.
Boston Red Sox:
*** No active Red Sox batters have previously faced Ortiz before.