The Boston Red Sox put out a weak lineup this afternoon, and the results were, well, quite weak. Just four hits were salvaged Thursday against Alex Manoah and the Toronto Blue Jays as the Sox dropped the series finale, 1-0.
Alex Verdugo, Christian Arroyo, Kiké Hernandez, and Alex Verdugo were the only ones to muster hits with both Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez not in the starting nine due to routine days off. Bogaerts did pinch-hit designated hitter Travis Shaw in the eighth though it resulted in a groundout.
It was another impressive performance from Boston’s pitching staff, who did not allow an earned run, as Garrett Whitlock pitched three strong innings. But, with one out in the bottom half of the third, Arroyo committed a costly error that let Lourdes Gurriel reach base, and he was moved to second following the free pass to Raimel Tapia before Alejandro Kirk had the game-winning RBI single.
Austin Davis, John Schreiber, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, and Hansel Robles pieced together five scoreless innings out of the bullpen, though it was mooted by Boston’s inability to score.
The Sox move to 3-9 on the year against the AL East and to 8-12 on the year. They’ll take a bus ride to Buffalo and fly to Baltimore from there due to the need for a negative COVID test to fly out of Canada.
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