Lets keep this brief. There were hardly any redeeming things about this game.
- Austin Meadows continued his hot streak, going 1-3 with an RBI and BB.
- The Rays got to World Series hero and former Ray, Nathan Eovaldi in the 8th inning. Rays lit Eovaldi up for 5 H and 3 runs in 0.2 IP. Rays got just close enough to give you hope, but this game was lost in the 3rd inning.
- Despite Beeks’ terrible outing, the regular bullpen combination of Roe, Poche and Wood went 4.1 IP with 2 H, 1 BB, and 1 K.
- Mike Brosseau pitched in the 9th, if you are into that sorta thing. He went a full inning with 3 H & 1 R. He also went 2-4 at the plate.
The Bad & Ugly
I was going to try to separate this, but I’m not sure if that is easy to differentiate.
- Jalen Beeks must be haunted by the Red Sox because he had his worst outing of the year. Or he’s more comfortable with the opener. 3.2 H, 7 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, and 2 Ks, with all of the damage coming in the 3rd inning.
- After a crucial thumb sprain for KK after sliding into 1st, the Rays suffer another injury when Yandy Diaz fouled a ball off his left foot. No word on the severity of his injury.
- Even when the Rays gave us some hope relative to the rest of the game, heading into the 9th inning with a 8-3 deficit, it seemed that Cash threw in the towel when he put in Mike Brosseau for the 9th inning. Even though this was probably a smart baseball move, it still sucked the wind out of the sail, and felt like admitting defeat.
FINAL: Red Sox: 9, Rays: 4. Next game is Tuesday 7/23 at 7:10 PM with Yonny Chirinos taking on Chris Sale.