Thoughts from the Red Sox disappointing series against the Blue Jays
After splitting a series with the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox welcomed the rival Toronto Blue Jays to town for a three-game set.
Ace Nathan Eovaldi took the ball in game one and allowed just one run over 4 2/3 innings. Yet the Red Sox could get little going against Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi, and the score remained knotted at one entering the bottom of the seventh. There, the Red Sox squeezed across a run on a sacrifice fly by Connor Wong, and the Red Sox bullpen dominated over 4 1/3 scoreless innings to close out a 2-1 win.
Game two began with a ceremony to honor the late great Jerry Remy, but it turned into the worst Red Sox game of the season. The Blue Jays knocked around starter Nick Pivetta in a five-run second inning, and the Red Sox went just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. To top it off, J.D Martinez left the game with a injured hip, and Trevor Story got hit in the head with a Jose Berrios fastball.
The Red Sox anemic offensive performance continued into game three. Kevin Gausman absolutely dominated over eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters and walking none. The Red Sox were able to make things interesting with a ninth-inning rally but fell just short in a 3-2 loss.