Boston starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz failed to get out of the third inning and the offense once again failed to produce as the Sox fell 8-2 to the Houston Astros in Game 2 and are now down 0-2 in the American League Division Series [ALDS].
Much like the Game 1 loss, it started off ugly for Boston as Pomeranz gave up a two-out single followed by a two-run home run in the first inning before he imploded in the third.
He began the frame by giving up a solo shot to center fielder George Springer before giving up a double to third baseman Alex Bregman, who has given the Red Sox trouble this season, and a single to second baseman Jose Altuve, who had three home runs in Game 1.
Relief pitcher Carson Smith took over for Pomeranz after the starter gave up four runs on five hits, issued a walk and struck out one batter.
It wasn’t the best outing for Smith either as he gave up back-to-back walks before getting right fielder Josh Reddick to line out.
Sox skipper John Farrell had seen enough of Smith and went to the bullpen again – this time for David Price – who got the final two outs of the fourth inning and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.
Eduardo Rodriguez, normally a starter, came out of the bullpen for the sixth inning and put two runners on base before Farrell brought in Addison Reed – but nothing seemed to be going right for Boston as Houston drove in the two batters that were on base before Reed gave up his third run of the inning.
Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in the only two runs for the team in the second and ninth inning with an RBI single in each frame – but that’s all Boston would push across the plate as they dropped the second game of the series, 8-2.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, left fielder Andrew Benintendi, designated hitter Hanley Ramirez, third baseman Deven Marrero and pinch-hitter Rafael Devers were all hitless on the afternoon.
Fun fact: David Ortiz gave the Red Sox a speech before the game from the Fox studio – unfortunately, it didn’t seem to help this time around.
Game MVP: David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr. Price got out of a jam in the fourth and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning and has continued to prove his worth out of the bullpen. Bradley drove in the two runs for Boston and went 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
What’s on deck: The series now comes to Boston on Sunday is what is now a win-or-go-home Game 3 for the Sox. Doug Fister will take the mound for Boston who will oppose
First pitch is set for 2:38 p.m.