The Red Sox found themselves in a quick 6-1 deficit and eyeing a series loss to the rebuilding Blue Jays. The offense erupted with a six run inning to take the lead. While they have had their RISP issues, time & time again they come back from their pitchers putting them in a hole. Velazquez continued the ugly 5th starter funk. The duct tape ball of fill-ins as the last starter, has resulted in 36 ER given up in 46 innings (7.04 ERA). Those 46 innings come from 15 starts… averaging just over three innings a start.
An ugly blemish before Marco Hernandez’s pinch hit HR, was Workman blowing the save. The Sox lead the AL with 18 blown saves. Nathan Eovaldi isn’t expected back until after the All Star break… Not only does Cora have to continue mix & matching for who closes out games, he has to do the same thing before they even get to the 9th inning.
First Pitch – 7:10pm ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Detroit Tigers in 5 starts, 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA. Career at Comerica Park in 1 start, 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. In that one start, he gave up 4 ER off of 5 Hits & 3 Walks in five innings, while striking out five Tigers batters.
Gordon Beckham – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K
Miguel Cabrera – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) 2 Walks, 3 Ks
Jeimer Candelario – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double
Nicholas Castellanos – 1 for 13 (.077 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 6 Ks
Harold Castro —–
Brandon Dixon – 0 for 2, Walk
Niko Goodrum – 0 for 4, RBI, Walk, K
John Hicks —–
Jordy Mercer – 0 for 2, Walk, K
Victor Reyes —–
Christin Stewart —–
Bobby Wilson —–
Gregory Soto — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career at Comerica Park in 4 starts, 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
***No active Red Sox batters have previously faced Gregory Soto before.