The Red Sox offense was not intact Tuesday versus Charlie Morton and the Braves, as they were held to just a run and three hits. The pitching delivered, but the offense just was non-existent.
- Red Sox can’t capitalize on first inning opportunity: The Red Sox loaded the bases in the first inning, but only got a run off the opportunity. Xander Bogaerts struck out, but Rafael Devers would get nabbed by a pitch to bring in a run. It still seemed promising, but Christian Vazquez lined out to Braves SS Dansby Swanson, who threw it on to second for the double play to make it just one run given up for Charlie Morton and the Braves.
- Richards unable to get out of sixth despite another solid outing: Garrett Richards went into the sixth inning, but with two out and the bases loaded he was relieved for Hirokazu Sawamura. Richards finished the night with 5.2 innings pitched, surrendering three runs off six hits, while both walking and striking out four.
- Sawamura gets out of sixth inning jam: With two out, and two on in the sixth, Hirokazu Sawamura was summoned from the bullpen to face Ronald Acuña Jr., who delivered an RBI double to left field. Sawamura chose to intentionally walk Freddie Freeman and face Ehire Adrianza with the bases loaded. Sawamura would strike him out looking with a fastball down the middle to retire the side. That got Sawamura out of a jam, with Sawamura not getting a run credited to his name. Sawamura held the Braves scoreless in the seventh.
- Red Sox offense held to a snoozy day, just three hits and a run: After the first inning, in which Morton got out of the jam he was in incredibly successfully, Morton would only allow two hits in his seven innings of work. He would fan nine in the process, and he would pitch four consecutive 1-2-3 innings from frames 4-7, and retired 17 of the last 18 hitters he faced. The Red Sox were held to their fifth 1-2-3 inning in the ninth, as Will Smith would shut the door for the save.
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