In a night where the Red Sox were sending spot-starter Sean O'Sullivan to the mound, it would have been easy for Boston to quietly lose this easily attainable win. O'Sullivan was able to go out and throw strikes, which is all the Red Sox can really ask of him at this point. In five innings, O'Sullivan allowed seven hits for four runs, while striking out four and walking only one. In the fifth inning, O'Sullivan was in some serious trouble with the bases loaded, but Farrell left him in and he was able to get out of the inning. We were also graced with this gem, as O'Sullivan was essentially serving batting practice to the Tampa Bay Rays....
And, of course, social media took this over...
Ah. Good times. Anyways, back to the game. O'Sullivan came out of the game after the fifth inning and the bullpen, per usual, took over. Robbie Ross Jr., Heath Hembree and Matt Barnes were lights out, but Koji Uehara continues to struggle. After tweaking his knee during batting practice, closer Craig Kimbrel was unavailable to pitch in this game, so John Farrell turned the keys over to Uehara. While Koji was able to get the save, he relinquished an absolutely mammoth home run to Evan Longoria that clear The Monster. It has become quite apparent that Uehara is not the same guy that he was in 2013.
Offensively, the Red Sox looked solid. David Ortiz launched a deep home run off of Chris Archer in the bottom of the fourth during the scoring parade. The only two players to have multi-hit games were Bryce Brentz and newly-acquired third baseman Aaron Hill, because who didn't see that coming a week ago?
Again, the Red Sox were able to rough up Chris Archer, who has been absolutely terrible against the Red Sox for his entire career. In 14 starts against the Red Sox, Archer is 1-9 with a 5.82 ERA, while allowing nine home runs in 72.2 innings.
Next up, the Red Sox will take on the Rays for the middle game of this 3-game set. Rick Porcello will get the start for Boston. Check back in for a full game preview.