Offense stalls, Rays split series with Sox

@Connor Friend

The best offense in the major leagues was hushed again yesterday in another pitching duel with the Rays. Drew Pomeranz was out dueled by Jake Odorizi in another close game. Pomeranz struck out a career high 11 but fell in 6 innings giving up 2. The Sox split a crucial series with the Rays but it wasn’t for the worst as they are still tied for first place with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox would lose 2-1 again in the final game of the series with the Rays. The Sox finally head home after a weeklong plus road trip and take on the hot Kansas City Royals. Tonight’s probably starters are Steven Wright |BOS| (13-5 3.01ERA) against Ian Kennedy |KC| (8-9 3.58ERA).


THINGS TO WATCH FOR; Sox starter Steven Wright will make his first start since being put on the 15-day DL on August 26th after a game with the Dodgers. Wright pinch ran for Drew Pomeranz and as he slid back into second base injured his shoulder. He threw a fairly long bullpen yesterday in Tampa and felt ready to make his return. In Wrights only start against the Royals he went threw a complete game (8IP) with 3 earned and 6 strikeouts. He looks to pick up a victory in his return to the rotation.

Sox Outfielder Andrew Benintendi’ MRI came back clean regarding his knee, but is hoping to make his return before the season ends. Benintendi has been critical of late due to the struggles of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, and Travis Shaw. Left field has seen 5 outfielders go down with injuries so far this season (Holt, Swihart, Brentz, Young, Benintendi).

The Kansas City Royals come into Boston as arguably the hottest team in baseball, going 9-1 in their last 10. Much of their succes has come due to the resurgence of pitcher Danny Duffy. Duffy, who started the year in the bullpen has come up big of late and provided a Cy Young like season. Other credit to the Royals comes from the finding of a praying mantis in their dugout that has been classified as the “Rally Mantis”. Ever since finding the Mantis the Royals have the best record in baseball. The first Mantis passed away but the club has found another that has suited the same results.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy in his last 7 starts is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA. He has also won his past 2 decisions, going 6.2 against the Tigers (1ER) and 8 innings scoreless against the Twins. In his one start against the Sox this season at Kauffman stadium he went 5.2 innings with 6 hits 2 earned runs and 9 strikeouts in game one of a double header, he picked up a no decision.


TODAYS LINEUPS

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

Royals
1 Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2 Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
3 Lorenzo Cain RF
4 Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5 Kendrys Morales (S) DH
6 Alex Gordon (L) LF
7 Alcides Escobar SS
8 Drew Butera C
9 Raul Mondesi (S) 2B

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