Boston Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi Was Solid But the Offense Goes Silent in Home Opener

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The Red Sox handed the ball to Nathan Eovaldi on Opening Day and he did not disappoint.  The veteran right-hander only allowed one run on four hits over 5.1 innings while striking out four.  Baltimore took the home and season opener over the Red Sox, 3-0.  This was the first time Boston was shutout at Fenway Park on Opening Day since 1976.

Red Sox Opening Day starter Nathan Eovaldi / Courtesy of AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Eovaldi and Orioles starter John Means engaged in a pitchers’ duel with the visitor getting the better of the hometown nine. This was Eovaldi’s second straight Opening Day start for the Red Sox.  He took the mound last year to start the COVID shortened season.

Over the first five innings Eovaldi was solid, mowing down the Orioles with scoreless innings.  He was able to keep the Orioles off balance, including Trey Mancini, who grounded into two double plays.  However, with a runner on first Eovaldi was set to face Mancini again, but Manager Alex Cora would pull his starter.

The Red Sox replaced Eovaldi with Matt Andriese, who walked Mancini.  Following the walk, Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander hit a grounder to second baseman Kiké Hernandez, who made a critical error.

Ryan Mountcastle broke the scoreless tie by hammering a two-run double off the Green Monster.  While Eovaldi was impressive for his start, he would take the loss due to Andriese inheriting the runner on and Mountcastle making him pay.

Despite the good outing by Eovaldi, his offense clearly left their bats in sunny Fort Myers.  The Red Sox offense was left looking anemic by the Orioles lefty Means.  He went seven scoreless innings while striking out five Red Sox batters.

Hernandez led off the first inning with a line drive opposite field hit to right field, but then was picked off first.  The pick-off play was called “Ticky Tack” by Red Sox color analyst Dennis Eckersley.  Following that hit the Red Sox, Means retired 18 straight batters.

The offense will look to rebound tomorrow against Matt Harvey while Tanner Houck takes the mound in place of Eduardo Rodriguez.


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