Red Sox Wrap: Michael Wacha Stumps Boston’s Lineup In Series Finale

Wacha put an end to Boston's win streak


May 21, 2023

The Boston Red Sox failed to extend their winning streak after falling to the San Diego Padres, 7-0, in their series finale at Petco Park on Sunday.

The Red Sox dropped to 26-21 on the season while the Padres improved to 21-26.

Check out the full box score here.

The Red Sox had no answers, especially for former Boston pitcher Michael Wacha.

Wacha, who led Boston’s rotation for the better part of last season, made his first appearance against his former club and dominated. The right-hander kept the Red Sox scoreless after they scored 10 combined runs in the last two games against the Padres, putting San Diego in a picture-perfect position to avoid a sweep. The Padres also opened the game by tagging Boston starter Corey Kluber for four runs in the first inning.

The Red Sox lineup recorded seven hits, one for extra bases, and drew three walks while striking out nine times against San Diego pitchers, failing to push across a run. Five Red Sox batters went hitless as Boston went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position as it stranded eight runners on the base path.

Boston’s win streak ended at four games.

— Wacha improved to 5-1 after keeping the Red Sox at bay. The right-hander delivered San Diego six scoreless innings while allowing just five hits and a walk with four strikeouts before handing it off to the bullpen. The victory made for Wacha’s fourth consecutive six-plus inning start this season for the Padres.

— Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk, extending his hitting streak to five consecutive games.

— Padres outfielder Rougned Odor was responsible for a big chunk of San Diego’s run production, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Odor led the way for a modest six-hit night from the Padres’ lineup, which included four extra-base knocks.

FanDuel Sportsbook set the odds of Raimel Tapia recording a multi-hit performance at +240 entering the contest. Those odds were cleared in Tapia’s first two at-bats, giving him his second two-plus base-hit showing of the season with the Red Sox. A $100 wager placed on the 29-year-old would’ve netted a $340 total payout.

The Red Sox continue their West Coast road trip on Monday night when they start a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch from Angel Stadium is scheduled for 9:38 p.m. ET, and you can catch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, live on NESN.

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