After quieting the Royals for just one run in six innings, Porcello fell back to his 2019 ways and gave up 5 ER in five innings against the Angels. His first inning woes carried on as he gave up a three run HR to Justin Upton. Porcello quieted down the next three innings, but Trout’s first Fenway Park HR ended his night. The bullpen after him flat out imploded in the 7th, with Darwinson and Velazquez getting battered for a total of seven runs.

The offense came back in a force on Friday, putting “16” on the Green Monster scoreboard. Then the following night scored just four runs, while having RISP difficulties (1 for 8). A bright spot was another longball from Mr. Sam Travis, with a 443 foot mammoth shot. He’s making the case to fight for the chance to be opening day 1st baseman. As Chris Mason opined, we could have ourselves a fun spring training battle.

Post All-Star Break, Travis has been lighting it up.

16 for 56 (.286 avg) 3 Doubles, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 4 Runs, 5 Walks, 13 Ks, 2 SBs

Andrew Cashner takes the mound for the Red Sox. Things haven’t gone as planned for Cashner in a Sox uniform. In his first five starts with his new team, he has gone 1-4 with a ghastly 7.53 ERA. Facing the Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays and Orioles, his best start by far has been against the Yankees. “Because baseball”. Pitching against the Angels (team he has had some success against), Cashner looks to right the ship and give Sox their 4th Win in last six games.

Patrick Sandoval takes the ball for the Angels. The 22 year old left handed rookie just made his major league debut against the Cincinnati Reds. After the starter Taylor Cole gave up five runs in the 1st inning, Sandoval took over and pitched five innings of two run ball. He struck out eight batters in his first taste of the big leagues. Sox bats have had their yips against left handed starters, here’s hoping they figure out the young southpaw.

First Pitch – 1:05pm ET !!!

Andrew Cashner — Career vs Los Angeles Angels in 6 games (3 starts), 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 6 starts, 2-4 with a 7.71 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels:

Kole Calhoun – 0 for 9, 4 Ks

David Fletcher – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Brian Goodwin – 0 for 5, Walk, K

Shohei Ohtani —–

Albert Pujols – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Luis Rengifo —–

Kevan Smith —–

Max Stassi —–

Matt Thaiss —–

Wilfredo Tovar —–

Mike Trout – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) Walk, K

Justin Upton – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) Double, 5 Ks

Patrick Sandoval — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox:

*** No active Red Sox batters have previously faced Sandoval before.