Whelp. That was ugly, to say the least.
Blue Jays Defeat Red Sox 8-0
The Boston Red Sox matched up against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in what would prove to be an extremely one-sided affair. The Blue Jays, while by no means a bottom feeder in baseball, completely shocked the baseball world with the thrashing of a very strong Red Sox team. Boston was considered to be one of the best if not the best team in baseball, and now with this loss questions around the MLB are sure to arise.
How do the Red Sox manage to remain so unpredictable? Are the Blue Jays for real? Can Toronto threaten Boston in the AL East standings?
Those, to name a few, are the ones that will appear on our T.V.’s tomorrow morning. While we don’t necessarily want to start questioning Boston’s ability to win games, this loss should stand out as a possible cause for concern. It’s got us asking, “How could this all happen?”.
Even though it’s complicated to answer that question in a figurative sense, it’s not hard to answer it literally. All one simply needs is a full-on recap of the game. With all this talk about Tuesday night’s matchup, it only makes sense that we dive into how it all went down.
So, without further due, here’s our Red Sox vs Blue Jays game 1 recap.
Ugly Fourth Inning Derails the Red Sox
While the hitting game was non-existent for Boston on Tuesday night, the team managed to hold its own pitching-wise for a good deal of time. That is until the fourth inning came around.
Eduardo Rodriguez got the start for Boston on the mound. The Venezuelan pitcher, while having his moments, couldn’t pull through for the Sox when it mattered the most. The first three innings did go fairly smooth for the pitcher, as he allowed only one run in the span of three innings. However, as mentioned earlier, tragedy struck in the fourth inning. Rodriguez lost his cool on the mound, and the resulting action was a plethora of strong hitting from the Blue Jays. When it was all said and done, he finished the night allowing 11 hits, 5 runs, 5 ER, and 1 BB with an ERA of 4.70.
Matt Andriese would enter the later stages of the game as a reliever for the Sox, but nothing much changed.
Blue Jays Pitching Holds Up Well
Unlike the Red Sox, the Blue Jays did manage to maintain consistency throughout the course of the night. Pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2) earned his fourth win of the season after shutting out the Sox’s batters. Ryu struck out seven on the night, earning himself a 2.51 ERA and allowing only 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 HR. His efforts proved to qualify as enough for the Blue Jays to maintain the lead and never look back.
Overall, things could be better for Boston. While it’s not a season-ending loss, Tuesday’s matchup does have serious implications on the current standings. The Blue Jays now sit only one-half game behind the BoSox for the top spot in the AL East. Factor in the possibility of the winner of the division having home field in the playoffs, and you’ve got yourself some serious pressure-fueled matchups coming up.
So, while it’s still early in the season, it’s imperative that Boston answers Toronto’s war cry. The sooner the better, because it’ll only get harder from here on out.
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