The Boston Red Sox have been struggling to close out games all season, and tonight was no different against the Baltimore Orioles. Hirokazu Sawamura threw away Nathan Eovaldi’s seven-inning masterpiece.
Boston’s only production came in the first inning, as a pair of hits from Trevor Story and Xander Bogaerts put the Sox up 1-0. After that, the two chances they had with two runners on base were both squandered.
Eovaldi tossed seven scoreless, allowing just three hits and fanning eight. Matt Barnes allowed a pair of hits though from Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander that tied it up at 1-1. Ryan Brasier hurled a 1-2-3 ninth, but not having Garrett Whitlock in the bullpen caught up to them.
Hirokazu Sawamura intentionally walked Ryan McKenna to lead off the 10th which put two on — with the ghost runner — and Robinson Chirinos bunted with no outs, trying to move two into scoring position. It wasn’t the greatest of bunts, as it went right to Sawamura, though he hurled it well over the head of Rafael Devers at third and it allowed Jorge Mateo, the ghost runner, to walk home.
The Sox drop another close one.
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