Sunday, September 9, 2018

Red Sox Again Roll Over Meekly Against World Champs, Fall To Astros, 5-3

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The World Series Champion Houston Astros have proven once again—as they did in last year's playoffs— that they can come into Fenway Park and spank the Red Sox. Yesterday, they rolled to a rocking chair win—despite a feeble 9th-inning "rally" by Boston. Once again, it's apparent that the Red Sox have issues in both the starting rotation and the bullpen—issues that Dave Dombrowski ignored at the trade deadline. Eduardo Rodriguez was less than impressive in his second start back from the DL—going just 3.1 innings in the eventual 5-3 loss. The lefty gave up five earned runs in the shortened start and pretty much turned this game into a sure loss early on. Boston's "offense" came primarily from: Xander Bogaerts (3-4, 2 RBIs, HR) and Andrew Benintendi (2-5, RBI). The loss reduced Boston's lead in the American League East down to just 7.5 games—with six head-to-head contests left with The Evil Ones. Buckle your seat belt—this is going to be a very bumpy September.