Boston Red Sox Fall Flat In Kansas City And Leave Eleven Runners On Base
The Boston Red Sox were defeated 4-2 by the Kansas City Royals on Monday night to take a loss to open up their three-game set.
Despite Hector Velazquez being the starting pitcher, what killed Boston was leaving 11-men on base throughout the night. Velazquez had a solid outing and kept his team in the game. His final line was 5 and 1/3 innings striking out 3, gave up 5 hits, and allowed 2 earned-runs.
The Red Sox offense had 10 hits on the night, the same amount as the Royals, but as previously mentioned they failed to drive in runners. The two-runs scored by Boston came via a Jackie Bradley Jr. two-run home-run in the 4th inning off of Royals starter Jason Hammel.
Bradley was one of the sole bright spots of the night for Boston and went 3-4, unfortunately for him though he misplayed a ball in center field in the seventh inning that turned into a Drew Butrea triple. A baserunner that would later score in a two-run seventh for Kansas City.
The offenses struggles could be due to the fact that they were without Dustin Pedroia who was injured in the Sunday night game in Houston. Pedroia will likely miss the entirety of the Kansas City series, but should be fine.