Boston Red Sox Lose Series Opener Against Tampa Bay Rays On Thursday Night With Offense Sputtering
The Boston Red Sox have lost two straight games with a 4-1 loss on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It was Chris Sale day for the Red Sox, but the ace made two crucial mistakes. Both were home runs by Tampa, one a solo shot by Peter Bourjas, and the other a two-run shot by Logan Morrison to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Sale still was almost untouchable for much of the night.
The left-handed ace tossed 7 innings and struck out 12 Rays batters. But he also gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs. It is the most hits he has given up since June 10th against the Detroit Tigers and the most runs he has allowed since the five he allowed on May 30th against the Chicago White Sox.
Behind Sale, on Thursday the Boston Red Sox only used Blaine Boyer who pitched 1 inning allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1 batter.
Slow Night On Offense Again, Betts Cold As Ice
Offensively it was another slow night for the Boston Red Sox. They pieced together 5 hits on the night with the lone run of the game came on a Deven Marrero sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Dustin Pedroia was the only Boston player to record a multi-hit game with Pedroia netting two hits on the night.
The Red Sox offense has scored three runs in their last two games after scoring 47 runs in the first five games of their road trip.
Mookie Betts continues to be ice cold, in his last 3 games he is hitless in 14 at-bats. So far in the month of July, he is 5-for-26 with four of his hits coming in the Toronto Blue Jays game on July 2nd where he went 4-for-5 with two home runs. Bett’s season average is down to .274.
Xander Leaves Game With Injury, X-Rays Negative For X-Man
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the first inning against the Rays and left the game. X-rays were negative.
Tzu-Wei Lin moved to short and Devan Marrero took over at third.
This injury came just hours after Major League Baseball announced that Bogaerts had finished second in the Final Vote for the All-Star game to Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas.