The Boston Red Sox suffered their second brutal defeat against an A.L. east team in three days. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 10-5 last night. The starting pitcher, Rick Porcello, went 4 ⅓ innings, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits. The reigning Cy Young award winner also issued two walks, punched out five hitters, and allowed a career-high four homers, including a grand slam.
With David Price out with a shoulder injury, the other starting pitchers have really had to step up, especially Porcello. Last night was his worst start since 2015 by a large margin. He is they guy the Red Sox have to rely on to get them to Price’s return. They have Chris Sale, they have Drew Pomeranz who has showed recent promise, and Rick Porcello needs to top off that list, but he just wasn’t able to do that last night.
The Rays showed last night why they are viewed as an “all or nothing” lineup. Meaning they probably aren’t going to get the bat on the ball very often, but when they do, you might as well just mail it in. Tampa’s ace Chris Archer backed up that lineup, giving up just one earned run in 5 ⅔ innings pitched. Usually, the Red Sox are licking their chops when Archer comes to town as he had a record of 0-3 and an ERA of 7.30 at Fenway Park before tonight, when he earned his first win in Boston.
While the Red Sox offensive numbers aren’t staggering so far this season, they are definitely putting enough runs on the board so that a quality pitching performance can give them a W. This was the case in Wednesday’s 12-5 loss against Baltimore, and it was the case last night. Specifically, the 2016 AL MVP runner-up Mookie Betts had a breakout night, going 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. The young shortstop Xander Bogaerts also has been heating up lately, as he went 3 for 4 last night with a walk and an RBI.
The Red Sox will have a chance for redemption this afternoon against the Rays at 4:05 PM ET. The dominant LHP Chris Sale will start the game as he takes on Tampa Bay’s RHP Jake Odorizzi. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more news and coverage for your favorite Boston sports teams. You can also follow me on Twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Thanks for reading!