Dodger’s broadcaster Tim Neverett was talking about how the long break and lengthy flights for the Dodger’s players may have contributed to their pathetic performance and lack of offense in their pitiful 8-1 loss to the Red Sox in the second half series opener at Fenway Park on Friday night. To be fair that’s certainly a possibility. Yet those same conditions, (all-star break layoff, lengthy flights from home ) didn’t affect the Boston bats as they pounded out eight runs on eight hits en route to an easy win over the Dodgers. The Dodgers were trailing 4-1 before the game was paused due to a rain delay. When the game resumed the Red Sox scored four more runs, tallying five total in the bottom of the seventh to put the game on ice.
The hyped World Series rematch opened with a dud. This was the Dodger’s first game at Fenway Park since they lost the World Series last year. Fenway Park has always been somewhat of a house of horrors for the Dodgers who seem incapable of winning there. Dodger’s starter Kenta Maeda pitched effectively. Although he allowed three earned runs over 5.2 while walking only one and striking out seven. The Red Sox scored one in the first and second innings on a pair of solo home runs from Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez. Xander Bogaerts’ three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh off of J.T. Chargois put the game out of reach. For the record Bogaerts drove in three of the Red Sox’s eight runs.
Dodgers 1 5 0
Red Sox 8 8 0
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez used his trademark changeup to flummox the Dodger bats. Although lately it isn’t hard to do so. Rodriguez tossed seven frames allowing just one earned run and striking out ten while walking two. The lone semblance of Dodger hitting came from a solo home run from Alex Verdugo down the left field line in the top of the second. The Dodgers were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and recorded just five hits.
On a bright note, Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock both made their returns to the lineup. The Dodgers activated both players from the injured list before the game. Seager manned his customary shortstop position and batted lead-off. Pollock was penciled into center field and batted sixth. Seager was 0 for 4 while Pollock was 1 for 3 with a flare single. David Freese was the DH with the game in the American League Park.
The Dodgers have now lost four consecutive games. The Dodgers look to extend the losing streak to five on Saturday night as Ross Stripling will face Boston ace Chris Sale with the game being nationally televised on Fox. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 PM PST. Can anyone explain to me why Enrique Hernandez was playing second base?