Sales 7 strong innings not enough, Sox drop series with Tigers

In Chris Sales second start with the Boston Red Sox, he dazzled, like many expected. Sale threw 7 and a third innings, letting up 5 hits and allowing only 2 runs while fanning 10. Unfortunately though, Sale was yet again matched. This time by 2016 AL Cy Young runner up Justin Verlander. Sale again failed to get run support as the Sox only put up one run on a Brock Holt double play ball that would plate Mitch Moreland. The Tigers runs came on a Ian Kinsler solo shot in the 6th, and a Nick Castellanos single in the eighth that would bump Sale out of the game. Francisco Rodriguez would come on for the Tigers in the save situation and work around a Mitch Moreland single before striking out Brock Holt to seal the win. The Tigers would take 3 of 4 from the struggling Red Sox in their Detroit road trip. The Sox now head home for a short two game set with the Orioles. Tonight’s projected starters are Drew Pomeranz |BOS| (2017 Debut) Vs Dylan Bundy |BAL| (1-0 1.29 ERA)

THINGS TO WATCH FOR: 

A hampered Sox lineup lacking run support through the first 3 games of the season, looks to get back Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts. Ramirez was another victim of the Flu that hit the Red Sox clubhouse leading into the season and sidelined many players early on. Xander Bogaerts is returning after being on Bereavement leave, Bogaerts was slated to return yesterday in the final game of the series with Detroit, but his flight from Aruba was canceled and he was unable to make the trip.

Orioles starter Dylan Bundy is 1-1 in 3 career starts against the Red Sox and appeared out of the pen twice, but hitters have batted .348 in that span. Bundy has struggled against the Red Sox in the past, with his longest outing being only 5 and a 1/3. Bundy has however started this season off strong, and in his 1 start against the Blue Jays allowed only 1 run over 7 innings while striking out 7.

Drew Pomeranz is slated to make his first start of the season for the Red Sox in 2017. Pomeranz looks to build on a very underwhelming 2016 that led to him being put in the bullpen for the playoffs. The southpaw has little experience against Orioles hitters, but in his only start against them at Fenway last season, he only lasted 2 innings whilst letting up 7 runs. The Orioles rely heavily on the deep ball, and Pomeranz has worked his entire career to work in a third pitch but his attempts have stuttered. The Sox need a quality performance from him to give the offense time to work out the kinks of working with an almost all healthy lineup.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Red Sox
1 Pedroia 2B
2 Benintendi (L) (ROOKIE) CF
3 Betts RF
4 Ramirez DH
5 Moreland (L) 1B
6 Bogaerts SS
7 Sandoval (S) 3B
8 Young LF
9 Vazquez C

Orioles
1 Gentry RF
2 Jones CF
3 Machado 3B
4 Trumbo DH
5 Davis (L) 1B
6 Castillo C
7 Mancini DH
8 Schoop 2B
9 Hardy SS




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