Well that was much better than yesterday’s disaster. Better....we still lost, but it was watchable.
Sam Gaviglio pitched decent. He did give up the 2 home runs, one was a good pitch that was hit and one was a bad pitch. 6 innings, 7 hits, no walks, 4 earned, 4 strikeouts.
He did get some help when we won two reviews in the 3rd inning or it would have been a different game. Andrew Benintendi tried to steal second, Luke Maile made a great throw, Devon Travis made a quick tag. He was called safe, but replay showed he was out.
Then, same inning, Jackie Bradley tried to score from third on a passed ball (or what would have been a passed ball) but Maile got to it quick, threw to Gaviglio, who put down the tag. Again called safe, but a very quick replay review overturned the call.
I’d bet we haven’t won 2 reviews in an inning before.
Offensively we had a tough time with Eduardo Rodriguez. We didn't get our first hit until Kendrys Morales singled with 1 out in the 5th. Course, he was erased running on a full count pitch to Travis when Travis watched it go right down the middle.
We got our runs in the 6th. Gio Urshela walked and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a home run, his first homer since May 16th. Maybe he’s coming around a bit.
We only had 3 hits, Morales, Hernandez and Smoak in 6.2 against Rodriguez.
The bottom of the 9th was interesting. We loaded the bases on singles from Kevin Pillar and Yangervis Solarte and a walk from Justin Smoak. Then Kendrys hit a 2-run double, putting the tying run at second. Unfortunately, Travis ground out, Granderson struck out and Luke Maile ground out on the first pitch to end inning.
Defensively, we were much better than the last few games. We only had one error, but it hurt. Tepera messed up in the 8th, a tapper back to him, he turned and threw wide of second on what could have been a double play. It cost him because, an out later, Eduardo Nunez swung at a pitch several inches off the outside of the plate, barely tapped it and it somehow got over Smoak and first and died there, the softest double you’ll see. Another soft hit and the Red Sox picked up their 6th run. Those 2 extra runs looked bad when we loaded the bases in the 9th.
Jays of the Day: Teoscar (.176 WPA) and Morales (.152).
Suckage: Gaviglio (-.192), Granderson (-.257, 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts) and Travis (-.140. 0 for 4, 1 k).
That was our last game of May. June has to be better, right?
We had 420 comments in the thread. I led us to yet another loss. Yay me.