Garrett Richards Lasts Just 1 2/3 Innings as Red Sox Lose to Struggling Rays, 8-2

Garrett Richards and the Red Sox were defeated by the Rays Wednesday night, by a score of 8-2.

Garrett Richards wasn’t even able to make it out of the second inning, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits, walking four batters and he wasn’t even able to strike out one batter.

The right-hander threw 34 fastballs, 11 curveballs and nine sliders. His curveball’s average spin rate was down 534 RPM to his season average. The 33-year-old notched his shortest outing of the season, a week after slamming the MLB for their new rules on foreign substances. During his past two starts, which numbers show he’s complied with the new rules, he’s struggled mightily.

The Red Sox walked six times but were only able to muster two runs home as former Red Sox Rich Hill shut went five innings in his start. The Red Sox picked up a run early in the first inning with Xander Bogaerts knocking in Alex Verdugo. But the rally ended with two on and two out as Bogaerts was caught attempting a delayed steal, retiring the side.

The Red Sox’ second run came off the bat of Christian Vazquez, as he plated Rafael Devers who doubled with an RBI single in the eighth.

Matt Andriese summoned a three-run homer in the seventh for the Rays’ eighth run of the game. Aside from Andriese’s rough two innings, the bullpen had a fairly solid day as Brandon Workman worked a hitless 1 1/3, Yacksel Rios worked a hitless two innings, and Josh Taylor worked a scoreless inning before Cora handed it over to Andriese.

Game Notes:

  • Josh Taylor notched his 21st straight scoreless appearance
  • Rays snapped a seven-game losing skid with the win
  • Since May 1st Matt Andriese has allowed 19 runs in 20 innings (8.55 ERA)
  • Jeffrey Springs, who pitched with the Red Sox in 2020, pitched the seventh inning for the Rays

(Wander Franco slides into third base/AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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