Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Game Recap - May 23, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Spot starter Ryan Weber pitched six strong innings to help lead the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 in a day game on Thursday.
Weber (1-0) pitched very well in a spot start for Boston, as he allowed just one earned run on three hits and four strikeouts. He did not allow a walk and was very efficient outside of the second inning.
Justin Smoak hit a solo home run in garbage time for the Blue Jays, as they could only muster five hits in a dreadful game on both sides.
The Red Sox (27-23) received offensive contributions from all over the lineup - every starter recorded at least a hit. Steve Pearce hit a ninth-inning insurance home run and finished with three hits, three RBI and a run scored.
Rafael Devers finished two-for-five with two runs and two RBI, and he finished the four game set 8-of-19 with six runs, seven RBI and three home runs hit.
Toronto (20-30) received a solid start from Clayton Richard (0-0) in his Blue Jays debut; he settled down after a tough third inning to make it four innings pitched. He finished having thrown only 54 pitches, but allowed one earned run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He did not take a decision in the game.
Sam Gaviglio (3-1) replaced Richard to begin the fifth inning and pitched one clean inning before running into trouble in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts singled to lead the inning and came around to score when the next batter, Devers, continued his beatdown of the Jays with a double to the wall in right field.
Pearce singled as the next batter to push across the second run of the inning and push the lead to 3-1.
Elvis Luciano entered the game in the top of the seventh and could not complete a clean inning - he surrendered a run after allowing Bradley Jr. to hit a ground-rule double down the left field line, who scored two batters later on Mookie Betts’ line drive double to left field.
The visitors used small ball in the eighth inning, as Andrew Benintendi singled, advanced on a wild pitch, stole third, then came in to score on Eduardo Nunez’s single to left field. This increased the score to 5-1.
Ryan Feierabend came in to pitch the end of the eighth and broke down in the ninth inning. Bogaerts hit a double to left, followed by an infield RBI single by Devers which deflected off of Feierabend. Steve Pearce promptly emptied the bases with a two-run bomb to left field, his first of the season.
Blue Jays got rolling early after second inning doubles by Rowdy Tellez and Freddy Galvis scored the first run of the game.
Boston was able to respond in the top of the third - Nunez hit a sharp single to left field, and scored after a balk and two groundouts.
Toronto continues their home stand with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres starting Friday with Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.41 ERA) making the start.
The Red Sox leave Toronto with a three-to-one series victory to visit the AL-best Houston Astros for three games in Houston. Chris Sale (1-5, 4.31 ERA) will start the series.