There is just thirty games left. After Sunday’s game, Cora had said “there’s still a lot of time left”. We’re on the cusp of September and the Sox are six games back. “A lot of time left” has come & gone. They need a big run to secure a playoff spot. Games like this past one you can ill afford to lose. While Johnson (again) was hit early, the bullpen dominated and kept the Padres to those three runs… The Sox bats went cold and scored just one run.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox. He has somewhat settled down in his last 2 starts (4 ER in 11 innings), but the team sorely needs him to be the real Rick Porcello. As in, the workhorse Rick Porcello. Thus far he has thrown just 144.1 innings, averaging less than six innings a start. His last start of pitching more than six innings?…. Have to go back to June 17, where he shut out the Twins offense over seven strong innings.

Rico Garcia takes the ball for the Rockies, in his major league debut. The 25 year old Hawaiian native (Shane Victorino’s home state), takes the roster spot that was vacated by Chad Bettis. This season in the minors he has made 25 starts, going 10-6 with a 4.23 ERA. His ridiculously high jump of stats in Triple A, might not bode well for his ML debut against the Sox offense.

Double A (13 starts) — (8-2, 1.85 ERA
68 innings, 41 Hits, 16 Runs (14 ER), 4 HRs, 87 Ks, 23 Walks

Triple A (12 starts) — (2-4, 7.16 ERA)
55.1 innings, 73 Hits, 49 Runs (44 ER), 13 HRs, 45 Ks, 24 Walks

First Pitch – 8:40pm ET !!!

Rick Porcello — Career vs Colorado Rockies in 3 starts, 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA. In those three starts, he has given up 12 Runs (9 ER) off of 19 Hits & 6 Walks in 17 innings, while striking out thirteen. Career at Coors Field in 1 start, 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA. In that disastrous start, he gave up 9 Runs (6 ER) in just three innings.

Colorado Rockies:

Yonder Alonso – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, K

Nolan Arenado – 0 for 2, Walk

Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Yonathan Daza —–

Ian Desmond – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) RBI

Rico Garcia —–

Garrett Hampson —–

Sam Hilliard —–

Ryan McMahon —–

Daniel Murphy – 5 for 9 (.556 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs

Dom Nunez —–

Trevor Story —–

Tony Wolters —–

Rico Garcia — Major League Debut.

Boston Red Sox:

*** Naturally, none of the active Red Sox batters have previously faced Garcia before.