Late rally can’t save Sox, lose 5-4

Posted on Jun 6 2016 - 6:40am by Tyler Scionti
Jun 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) adjusts his cap after giving up three runs to the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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The Sox plated three runs in the ninth to bring the game within a run, for a moment it looked like there was just enough magic left for the Sox to pull it off. Sadly, their rally was cut short and they look the loss as they dropped the series against their AL East foe. Eduardo Rodriguez was rocked for five runs over 5.2 innings of work thanks to serving up four homers. It started out as a promising outing until he ran into a three-run third that put the Sox down 4-0. Meanwhile Estrada took a no-hitter through seven before Chris Young got the Sox on the board with a solo homer as our offense did next to nothing to help Eddie’s cause. Overall this was an absolute trainwreck of a game, so for your highlights here is what it looked like:

Bright Spots

  • Late rally, woot woot, wasn’t enough.
  • Xander Bogaerts made an amazing Jeter-esque play in the hole in short.

Downers

  • The best offense nevah flat out sucked this game. No-hit until the eighth and four starters were held hitless, I mean, what an awful game.
  • Hey Rodriguez think you could give up any more homers? Seriously his 92mph fastball was tagged left and right as the Jays crushed homer after homer out of the park, it was brutal.

Starting Pitcher Rewind

As solid as he was his first outing, Rodriguez really blew it this time. In 5.2 innings of work he was lit up for five runs thanks to allowing four homers. In fact, oddly enough the only hits he allowed were those four, but they sure made him pay as the Jays took an early lead they did not look back from. Rodriguez walked three and did not strike a man out as he sure was not fooling anyone in what ended up being a very rough day for the young lefty.

Going Forward

Thanks to that loss we are now tied with the Orioles in first and have a 2.5 game lead over the Jays–not exactly where I hoped we’d be after this weekend. The Sox had better get their act together, they are finally at the top but with the way they’ve been playing they will easily drop to third place in a week if this continues.

 
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