By MyFM's Jake Archer - I am upset. That was about as bad as Opening Day could have gone for the Red Sox and the fact that they lost in the way that they did was extremely frustrating. After Chris Sale comes out and gives you everything he's got for six innings, and Matt Barnes pitches a scoreless seventh, Joe Kelly and Carson Smith decide to blow a 4-0 lead. Not only did they blow the lead, but they did it against a putrid Tampa Bay Rays lineup in embarassing fashion. If you can't tell, I'm pretty irate right now.
I know it's one game and it doesn't matter that much but holy moly this was not fun. When you blow it for your starter who just pitched a gem, like they already did to Chris Sale a million times last year, it stinks. When you do it late, and the manager stands by as your bullpen implodes and walks runs in, it's even worse. Throw all that together with the fact that the Yankees had a grand ol' time in Toronto as they won a ballgame behind two home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, and I already hate the baseball season. My optimism lasted six innings. Six!
I guess I'll recap the game quickly here. Sale was going against Chris Archer for the Rays and was on his game. He went six scoreless while giving up only one hit and three walks. He also punched out nine batters. Archer on the other hand, had a little trouble. In six innings, he gave up four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six.
In the second inning, Archer walked JD Martinez to lead off the frame. Xander Bogaerts doubled and Rafael Devers drove in a run on a groundout to open the scoring. That's when the offensive highlight of the game came for Boston. Eduardo Nunez hit a ball to center that got by the defenders as they tried to make a play. It rolled for a bit and Nunez hustled around the bases behind Bogaerts for a two-run inside the park homerun. Things were looking good for Boston.
Xander Bogaerts ripped another double to start off the seventh inning and was followed up by a Devers double to drive him in. The Sox had a 4-0 lead and had turned the game over to the bullpen. All they had to do was not totally suck and Opening Day would be a success. Unfortunatley, Joe Kelly came on to start the bottom of the eighth and we all know he in fact does totally suck.
Kelly walked the first batter and then picked up a strikeout. After that it was double,walk, mound visit, walk to load the bases. Alex Cora had seen enough and pulled Kelly for Carson Smith. Smith came in and immeditaley walked in a run to make it 6-2. After getting the next batte to strike out, Smith gave up a bases clearing triple to Denard Span to give up the lead. After that, another single padded the advantage and made it 6-4 Tampa Bay. The Sox would not come back in the ninth and they fell to 0-1 on the young season. Smith got the loss, Austin Pruitt got the win and Alex Colome picked up the save.
I get that it's crazy talk to freak out about this but I'm very unhappy. What a way to lose a game that you had in hand. Now you've got to go back out there tomorrow night at 7:10 pm and have David Price even up the series versus Blake Snell. It'll be interesting to see how they respond. Good night.