August 25, 2019

G132: Padres 3, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1  4  0
Padres  - 300 000 00x - 3  5  1
For the second straight start, Brian Johnson (3-4-3-3-1, 61) gave up three runs in the first inning. He settled down and the Padres did not score again, but the Red Sox lost. The same thing happened on August 20, when the Phillies got three early runs and won 3-2.

Johnson's first four batters went: double, stolen base, single, home run, walk. His first-inning ERA this season is 11.57 and opponents are hitting .394 with a 1.171 OPS. ... After that, the Padres had only two hits, doubles in the third and fifth.

But the Red Sox were helpless against Joey Lucchesi (5-3-1-2-3, 73) and four relievers. Their first baserunner was Chris Owings, who walked with one out in the third. J.D. Martinez's solo home run (#31) with two down in the fourth was Boston's first hit and only run. Sam Travis followed with a single, but was forced at second to end the inning.

In the fifth, Marco Hernández singled with two outs and Mookie Betts walked, but Rafael Devers grounded to first.

The Red Sox went in order in the sixth and seventh. Brock Holt singled to left to start the eighth and Betts reached on an error. But the inning's promises came up empty as Devers grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and, after Xander Bogaerts walked, Martinez struck out.

In the ninth, Travis grounded to shortstop and Christian Vázquez and Jackie Bradley went down swinging.

AL Wild Card: CLE/TBR –, OAK 0.5, BOS 6.0.
Brian Johnson / Joey Lucchesi
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, LF
Travis, 1B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Owings, 2B
Johnson, P
Chris Owings should never be in the starting lineup. Ever. ... .077/.143/.154. ... Platoon, my ass.

AL Wild Card: CLE/TBR –, OAK 0.5, BOS 6.0.

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