As team leader Bogaerts opined last night, the Sox NEED to bounce back from the ugly team showing last night. David Price was bounced after giving up six runs the Orioles offense, and the bullpen behind him gave up five more runs to the now ranked 27th team in runs scored.
The only positive was that Ryan Weber pitched the last 3.2 innings. That really saved the bullpen. Now Weber is off to Pawtucket, where he will (hopefully) remain until Sept call ups. His replacement is one Nathan Eovaldi, solidifying the bullpen even more. The offense also had their struggles. In the bottom of the first inning, Sam Travis clubbed a two run shot to make it a 3-2 game. And that was their offensive output for the day. The defense was also atrocious with errors committed by Chavis and Martinez. The dreadful error by Martinez, became an inside the park HR.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox. Looking to turn around his contract year, Porcello’s ERA is sky high at 5.37. Before this season, his career high ERA was 4.92 and that was back in 2010. Last time out was a W for him, having to fight through six innings and giving up four runs. He threw 112 pitches that day, Cora savoring every out that he didn’t have to ask the bullpen to get. Seven inning starts a premium these days for the Boston Red Sox, it would be very beneficial for them to come back.
Tom Eshelman takes the ball for the Orioles. Making his third start of his career, Eshelman is hoping to piggyback off of his teammates who quieted the Red Sox offense for two runs over nine innings. Though he will have to do so with a less impressive four seam fastball. According to his mlb.com profile, his average fastball through his first twp starts has just been 85.7 mph. Would have to wager, he might have attack the bats with his off-speed stuff.
First Pitch – 7:05pm ET !!!
Rick Porcello — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 21 starts, 6-12 with a 4.69 ERA. Career at Camden Yards in 10 starts, 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA.
Hanser Alberto – 0 for 2
Keon Broxton —–
Chris Davis – 11 for 52 (.212 avg) Double, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs. 2 Walks, 16 Ks
Trey Mancini – 4 for 9 (.444 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks
Richie Martin —–
Renato Nunez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 3 Ks
Rio Ruiz – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk
Anthony Santander —–
Pedro Severino – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K
Chance Sisco – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Ks
Dwight Smith Jr. – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, K
Jonathan Villar – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)
Stevie Wilkerson —–
Tom Eshelman — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career at Camden Yards in 1 start, 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. In that one start, he gave up 4 ER off of 5 Hits & 1 Walk in 5.2 innings, while striking out seven batters.
Boston Red Sox:
*** No active Red Sox batters have previously faced Tom Eshelman.