Red Sox Wrap: Boston Falls As Rookie Pitchers Struggle Again

Boston deployed five rookie pitchers Monday


September 27

The Boston Red Sox dropped another American League East matchup Monday night, falling 14-8 to Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox fall to 72-81 on the season, while the Orioles improve to 80-73.

Check out the full box score here.

The Red Sox were once again forced to rely on young pitching to lead them Monday night. As anyone who has watched them this season knows, that is not a winning formula.

Looking toward the future, Boston had the opportunity to get five rookie pitchers some innings Monday. In all but one of those cases, they saw the rookies struggle to prevent hard contact and give up runs.

It started with Connor Seabold, who got the nod to start things out and continued to struggle as a major leaguer. The 27-year-old gave up four earned runs on five hits in two innings pitched before an eventual rain delay. Kaleb Ort, Franklin German and Eduard Bazardo were the rookie who struggled in relief, combining for four innings of work where they’d give up a total of six earned runs on just four hits — all of which were home runs.

Zack Kelly was the only rookie pitcher to get the job done, coming in to clean up after Tyler Danish gave up three earned runs in two innings of work following the delay. Kelly did give up a pair of singles, but limited the damage with a timely strikeout, bringing his season ERA down to 2.53 in 10 2/3 innings pitched.

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— Anthony Santander hit his 30th and 31st home runs on the season in this one, finishing 2-for-6 from the plate with three RBIs. He is up to 85 RBIs on the season, 20 of which have come against Boston.

— Rob Refsnyder made up for his Sunday defensive error with a big time performance from the plate Monday. He went 3-for-4 with the home run and three RBIs.

— Cedric Mullins continues to be a steady bat for Baltimore, finishing 2-for-6 from the dish with one home run and three RBIs.

Refsynder’s seventh-inning home run provided a nice return on investment for some bettors. DraftKings Sportsbook set the odds of a Refsnyder home run at +700 pregame, meaning a $100 bet on the utility man to run into one would have paid out $800 total.

The Red Sox will continue the four-game set with Baltimore on Tuesday. First pitch from Fenway Park is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and you can catch all the action, including an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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