After a crushing loss last night, the Sox look to reap rewards of facing the Blue Jays and Orioles over the next seven games. It should have been a series win vs the Dodgers. But in the end, the offense let the team down. From innings 9-11, the Sox had risp with less than two outs. They failed in each AB. The killer was a 2019 Sox signature move as JBJ hit a leadoff double…. to end up getting thrown out at 3rd base. Rookie move & inexcusable.
The team takes on a different look as Eduardo Nunez has been released. Sam Travis has been called up in his place. His sub Mendoza bat will only stay with the team until Moreland or Pearce come back. The worn out Hector Velazquez was optioned back to Pawtucket, Ryan Weber taking his place. Weber naturally is just gonna be a placeholder until Nathan Eovaldi returns to the Sox, presumably early next week.
Rick Porcello and his 5.33 ERA, takes the mound for the Red Sox. Porcello is in the same funk as Sale, having three ugly starts in a row (17 ER in 12 innings). Before this downward spiral started up, he shut out the Twins over seven innings. They need him & Sale to find a groove. One of the keys to fixing the bullpen, is getting longer starts from their rotation.
Trent Thornton takes the ball for the Blue Jays. Starting his 20th game of his rookie season, Thornton stands at 3-6 with a 4.85 ERA. Just two weeks ago, the Sox sent Thornton the the showers early. He lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up 7 ER. A nice offensive blowout would be a welcome sight. Last night the lineup collected 18 baserunners, but could only score four runs.
First Pitch – 7:10pm ET !!!
Rick Porcello — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 27 games (26 starts), 10-12 with a 5.47 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 76 starts, 38-28 with a 4.41 ERA.
Toronto Blue Jays:
Cavan Biggio – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, K
Brandon Drury – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) RBI, Walk
Freddy Galvis – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) Double, Walk
Randal Grichuk – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) HR, RBI, K
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) RBI
Teoscar Hernandez – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks
Danny Jansen – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 RBIs
Luke Maile – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double, RBI, 3 Ks
Billy McKinney —–
Justin Smoak – 12 for 43 (.279 avg) 3 Doubles, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 7 Walks, 12 Ks
Eric Sogard – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) K
Trent Thornton — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. In those two starts, he has given up 9 ER off of 19 Hits & 2 Walks in just nine innings, while striking out eight Sox batters. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 2.84 ERA. In that No Decision, he pitched 6.1 innings of two run ball.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk
Mookie Betts – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Triple, Walk, 2 Ks
Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Double, RBI, K
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Double, RBI
Michael Chavis – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) 2 Ks
Rafael Devers – 3 for 3 (1.000 avg) HR, 4 RBIs
Marco Hernandez —–
Brock Holt – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, K
Sandy Leon – 0 for 3, K
J.D. Martinez – 3 for 5 (.600 avg)
Sam Travis —–
Christian Vazquez – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI