The Sox again have lost a game that slipped out of their grasps, and coming on same day that the A’s lost against the Yankees. While the bullpen had a great run since end of July, the build up of their  innings pitched in back to back games added up. Ryan Brasier’s ERA ballooned past the 5.00 mark as he gave up SIX runs in a brutal seven run 8th inning. The icing on the cake for the Angels, was fellow dreg Josh Smith serving up a 3 run shot. It is now September 1. Playoffs are on the horizon, and these lost chances are multiplying.

David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox. With the rotation in need of innings, they look to Price to seal the series victory and give their relievers any rest that is possible. Good thing tomorrow is a day off, as they depart the West Coast. When it got to the All-Star Break, Price was having a good season (3.16 ERA on July 14th). Since then however was the Eck situation stirred up again & a DL stint, resulting in a 10.59 ERA in his last four starts made. Time to close out the yr in Price-like fashion… hopefully like he did in 2015 as a Blue Jay, going 5-0 with a 2.32 ERA.

Andrew Heaney takes the ball for the Angels. With the Sox having the greatest need to take this series, their offense has to oppose a pitcher that’s having himself a hot run. On the year, Heaney is 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA. But his last six starts have been downright solid, allowing more than 2 ER just ONCE.

6 starts — (2-1, 2.38 ERA)

34 innings, 29 Hits, 10 Runs (9 ER), 3 HRs, 44 Ks, 8 Walks

Today being Sept 1, is call up day. Pete Abraham & Alex Speier have both indicated that they believe OF Gorkys Hernandez and C Juan Centeno will be the position players called up.

First Pitch – 4:07pm ET !!!


David Price — Career vs Los Angeles Angels in 17 starts, 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA. Career at Angel Stadium in 11 starts, 5-5 with a 3.54 ERA.


Los Angeles Angels:

Kole Calhoun – 5 for 19 (.263 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

David Fletcher – 0 for 2, Walk

Brian Goodwin —–

Shohei Ohtani —–

Albert Pujols – 10 for 34 (.294 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Ks

Luis Rengifo —–

Andrelton Simmons – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Kevan Smith – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) RBI

Max Stassi – 0 for 2, K

Matt Thaiss —–

Mike Trout – 5 for 26 (.192 avg) RBI, 5 Walks, 11 Ks

Justin Upton – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 4 Ks


Andrew Heaney — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 3 starts, 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA. In those three starts, he has given up 9 ER off of 16 Hits & 4 Walks in 14 innings, striking out twelve batters. Career at Angel Stadium in 34 starts, 13-8 with a 3.77 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mookie Betts – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Walks

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

Juan Centeno —–

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

Gorkys Hernandez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

Marco Hernandez —–

Brock Holt – 0 for 1, Walk

Sandy Leon – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 5, K

Chris Owings —–

Sam Travis – 0 for 1, RBI

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 2, K

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