Big 6th inning sinks Sox, Royals take 2 of 3

@Connor Friend

Rough patches always seem to find the Red Sox after long road trips, and it happened again in the series with the Royals. Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound yesterday and pitched 5 innings but couldn’t hold onto the lead the Offense gave him early. Alcides Escobar would hit a single to give the Royals the 3rd run of the ballgame, but it wasn’t over their. In the next inning with the bases loaded and Rodriguez pulled out of the game, reliever Matt Barnes gave up a bases clearing triple to Raul Mondesi that would break the game wide open. The Royals would have an 8-run 6th inning to give them a 10-4 lead that they would carry to victory. The Red Sox offense came from the top half of the order as David Ortiz hit his 31st home run of the season and Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with 2RBIs. The Royals managed to win the series against the Red Sox taking both the first and last games, dropping the Sox down to 2 games back of the Blue Jays for first place. The Sox faithful welcomes the Tampa Bay Rays into Fenway for the penultimate series against the Rays. Tonight’s probably starters are Rick Porcello |BOS| (17-3 3.23ERA) against Matt Andriese |TB| (6-5 3.71ERA).


THINGS TO WATCH FOR; Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will miss a second night in a row regarding his family matters that the team is letting him take care of. Brock Holt will again take his spot in the lineup and at second.

Sox starter Rick Porcello will try again to pick up a league leading 18th win again against the same foe, the Tampa Bay Rays. Porcellos last start against the Rays was a game where he went 7.2 innings allowed 9 hits and 3 earned runs. Porcello looks to string together that elusive 18th win and continue his Cy Young campaign.

The Sox come into this game 2 games back and in the midst of a questioning stage where they begin to wonder about the bullpen. Possibly bringing up Joe Kelly to be a late innings arm and also putting Clay Buchholz in a similar role. While Travis Shaw and Aaron Hill scamper in atrocious at bats every night many wonder if Yoan Moncada should get the call to the big leagues to play the hot corner.

 


TODAYS LINEUPS

Red Sox
1 Brock Holt (L) 2B
2 Xander Bogaerts SS
3 David Ortiz (L) DH
4 Mookie Betts RF
5 Hanley Ramirez 1B
6 Travis Shaw (L) 3B
7 Chris Young LF
8 Sandy Leon (S) C
9 Jackie Bradley Jr (L) CF

Rays
1 Logan Forsynthe 2B
2 Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
3 Evan Longoria 3B
4 Brad Miller (L) 1B
5 Matt Duffy SS
6 Logan Morrison (L) DH
7 Nick Franklin (S) RF
8 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
9 Bobby Wilson C

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