Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pitching Again Fails Red Sox As They Stumble To Oakland A's Again, 5-3

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So much for home cooking. The Red Sox dropped their second straight Fenway game to the Oakland A's, by a score of 5-3 last night (after a nearly two-hour rain delay). Again, its was pitching (both starting and relief) that was the culprit. Eduardo Rodriguez continued his frustrating inability to finish off hitters—giving up three earned runs in just five innings of work. A rusty Steven Wright coughed up another two runs in relief. Despite collecting ten hits, Boston was unable to convert when it counted—scoring only single runs in the fourth, fifth and ninth. On the somewhat bright side, Andrew Benintendi clouted his third HR of the year, and Mitch Moreland stayed hot with two doubles. Only Chris Sale stands in the way of an unacceptable sweep tonight.