In what was believed to be a battle of the aces between the Sox and Rays, David Price struggled against his former team while Matt Moore pitched 7 shutout innings to stifle the Red Sox offense. After going only 2.1 innings against Texas, David Price again did not have his best stuff against Tampa. Price allowed 4 runs in 6.1 innings, including another home run. Price falls to 1-3 against his old team.
After the game, both John Farrell and David Price weighed in on the game and both had completely different opinions of the game:
Not a good look for the manager here…
Moore was able to lead the Rays to a shutout of the Red Sox offense. They did not, however, go down without a fight. In the 6th inning, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with 1 out. David Ortiz popped out to the third baseman and Hanley Ramirez followed up by injuring his back swinging. Ramirez said after the game that he was swinging for the fences to tie the game at 4. He is expected to be ready for the next game on Friday. The Rays were able to pitch out of the bases loaded jam to keep the shutout alive.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was caught stealing for the first time in his career. With the Sox threatening to score, Bradley oddly tried to steal third. Matt Moore faked to home, spun, and threw to third to easily catch JBJ. Poor base running like this will not help the Red Sox dig themselves out of this losing skid.
After a very promising game on Tuesday, the Red Sox completely blew any momentum they had. Closed-door team meeting can only do so much. At this point something needs to change with this team. Yes, we're getting closer and closer to seeing a return from Brock Holt, Blake Swihart, and Ryan Hannigan but these are not game changing players. The Red Sox need to make a game changing trade, or begin to think about firing John Farrell, or both.
Oh and I'll just leave this here: