Red Sox Wrap: Boston’s Thrilling Comeback Bid Falls Short Vs. Reds

The Red Sox have lost two straight


May 30, 2023

The Boston Red Sox return to the loss column for a second straight time after losing to the Cincinnati Reds, 9-8, to open up their three-game series at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox dropped to 28-26 while the Reds improved to 25-29 on their campaign.

Check out the full box score here.

Boston was unable to shake off its offensive drought, which began during its nine-game road trip on the West Coast.

That struggle for a spark in run production carried over to Fenway Park, as the Red Sox were unable to apply any pressure on Cincinatti’s pitching early on. In the second inning, Boston had a golden opportunity to apply that pressure early on, having runners on second and third with nobody out, then — in that same inning — with the bases loaded and one out, resulting in a wasted chance that could’ve easily altered the outcome of the night.

In the seventh, just one swing of the bat from José Barrero doubled Cincinatti’s lead to 8-0, which brought the lead far beyond reach at the time for the Red Sox. Barrero launched a towering grand slam off Boston reliever Joely Rodríguez, sending Red Sox manager Alex Cora to the mound for a call to the bullpen.

The Red Sox did muster up a three-run rally in the seventh and another for five runs in the bottom of the ninth — bringing Cincinatti’s lead within one run — but by that time it was far too late.

Boston has lost six of its last eight.

— Barrero delivered the biggest swing of the night (and his career), blasting the first grand slam of his career and finishing 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs. The 25-year-old entered the game as an injury replacement and made the most in answering the call.

— Ramiel Tapia was the lone spark in Boston’s stagnant offense, going 3-for-5 falling just a home run short of the cycle and responsible for two of Boston’s six total extra-base hits. The 29-year-old veteran also recorded a milestone 500th base hit of his eight-year career, in the process.

–Reds starter Ben Lively held the Red Sox scoreless on the mound through 5 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six hitters before handing it off to the bullpen.

FanDuel Sportsbook set odds of Tapia recording a multi-hit night at +105. Tapia cleared those odds being Boston’s only hitter to notch two-plus hits against the Reds. A $100 wager placed on the left-handed hitter would’ve resulted in a $205 total payout.

The Red Sox are Reds return to action for the second game of the series on Wednesday night. First pitch from Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET, and you can watch the game, plus a full hour of pregame coverage, live on NESN.

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