In a sport that technically meant nothing for the last-place Pink Sox, they confirmed the resilience of a workforce in determined want of a win earlier than developing simply brief Tuesday night time.
After falling behind by seven runs early, Boston chipped away and practically stole one from the Tampa Bay Rays, however misplaced, 9-7, at Fenway Park. A loss is a loss, and this was their ninth within the final 11 video games, nonetheless they did present some indicators of life.
The Pink Sox (76-81) have been sluggish early and let the Rays (96-62) seize command. It appeared as if it may be a blowout, but the Pink Sox ensured it wasn’t.
Ultimately, although, Tampa Bay had simply sufficient to flee. The Pink Sox are 27-52 vs. the Rays for the reason that begin of 2019, their most losses to any opponent in that span.
Tanner Houck struggled mightily.
Final yr, pitching primarily out of the bullpen, Tanner Houck completed the season with a 5-4 document and three.15 ERA in 32 appearances.
This season, pitching completely as a starter, Houck is now 5-10 with a 5.31 ERA in 20 appearances.
Tuesday was arguably his worst outing of the yr, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in three innings.
“Horrible,” Houck said. “Lot of studying classes in it. That’s what failure does.”
The primary six Rays reached to present Tampa Bay a 3-0 edge. When Houck lastly recorded the primary out, followers sarcastically cheered.
Tampa Bay added 4 extra within the third, punctuated by a two-run shot from No. 9 hitter Renè Pinto that made it 7-0. Houck acquired the final out of the body, however that was it, as Zack Kelly changed him within the fourth.
“Command was off,” Pink Sox supervisor Alex Cora stated. ” … A whole lot of pitches in the midst of the zone … They put good swings on it.”
Because the Pink Sox (theoretically) reshape the roster this offseason, Houck – who’s on a one-year contract value $740,000 – will likely be a reputation to watch.
Reese McGuire exited with a left thumb contusion.
Previous to the third inning, catcher Reese McGuire caught a warm-up throw from Houck off his left thumb.
McGuire felt the ache immediately and departed with a left thumb contusion. Cora put Connor Wong within the sport in his place.
“He needs to be OK,” Cora stated of McGuire. “He’ll be out there (Wednesday).”
The bats have been quiet early, then they got here alive.
The Pink Sox couldn’t generate a lot of something early in opposition to right-hander Zach Eflin, who entered with a 15-8 document and three.44 ERA. Eflin threw strikes, and the Pink Sox hit the ball exhausting, however nothing materialized initially.
Their first hit got here within the third inning, when the star of the night time, Enmanuel Valdez (3 for 4, 4 RBIs), singled to proper. Alex Verdugo adopted that with a single of his personal, however Josh Lowe delivered a fantastic thing about a throw and gunned Valdez at third.
Within the fifth, Wilyer Abreu and Bobby Dalbec singled and Valdez acquired ahold of 1 and launched a three-run homer to proper to slice it to 7-3. Valdez, who additionally made a pleasant diving play at second base, is 6 for his final 10 and has additional base hits in three straight video games.
“These guys, with their method, and the way in which they go about it, they might help us,” Cora said of Abreu and Valdez.
Valdez, ranked the Pink Sox’ No. 17 prospect, has an opportunity to solidify himself because the second baseman of the longer term.
The Pink Sox added two extra within the sixth, as Abreu plated Masataka Yoshida and Trevor Story with a double to left. Abreu acquired simply sufficient to put it proper over Raimel Tapia’s head by the American League East scoreboard, and Story ran the bases to perfection.
Within the seventh, Justin Turner blooped a single to heart that scored Adam Duvall to make it 7-6 Rays.
Abruptly, a deficit that was seven not too way back had been trimmed to 1. The Pink Sox, in a sport the place they didn’t have a lot to play for, confirmed some severe battle.
The bullpen fared admirably for some time however struggled late.
Zack Kelly made his first look since April after he missed 143 video games as a consequence of proper elbow irritation. He pitched a scoreless fourth and appeared sharp within the course of.
“The truth that he had surgical procedure, he labored exhausting throughout the rehab … and to be on the market, it was good to see him on the market,” Cora stated. “It was good to see him smile within the dugout.”
Brennan Bernardino, Mauricio Llovera, and John Schreiber every pitched one scoreless inning from the fifth to the seventh because the Pink Sox chipped away.
Within the eighth, although, the Rays scored two runs off Chris Murphy and Josh Winckowski to increase the margin to 9-6.
With the infield in, Valdez had an opportunity to throw house, however he fumbled the ball and needed to accept the out at first. It ended up mattering an ideal deal.
The Pink Sox practically rallied once more within the eighth, as Valdez blasted a double off the wall that scored Story, however Duvall struck out to finish the risk. Nothing materialized within the ninth, and that was that.
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