July 25, 2020

G2: Orioles 7, Red Sox 2

Orioles - 320 000 200 - 7 10  1
Red Sox - 000 002 000 - 2  9  1
The Orioles jumped on Martín Pérez (5-6-5-2-2, 84), grabbing an early 5-0 lead in an eventual 7-2 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Sox's schedule begins with games on 10 consecutive days - uncommon in the first two weeks of most seasons, when there are several off-days - so manager Ron Roenicke plans on resting players throughout. Alex Cobb (5.1-4-0-1-6, 78) had little trouble with Boston's less-than-ideal lineup, allowing only three singles over the first five innings. After drawing seven walks yesterday, the Red Sox had none today.

Although Boston nearly matched the Orioles in hits (Alex Verdugo went 3-for-4), the Red Sox left twice as many men on base (10). Boston trailed 5-2 when Xander Bogaerts (as the potential tying run) struck out to end the sixth inning. It was the Red Sox's best and last chance to strike back.

Pérez gave up a single and a double to open the first inning. He got two outs, but Renato Nunez doubled in both runners. The Orioles led 3-0 after a wild pitch and Rafael Devers's second error in two games. The first two Baltimore batters reached base in the second, also, on a single and a walk. Two more singles, both with one-out, pushed the Red Sox into a 5-0 hole.

After Mitch Moreland homered off Cobb in the sixth, Paul Fry came in from the pen. With two outs, Verdugo singled to right and Jackie Bradley singled to left and after a throwing error, Boston had men at second and third. Kevin Pillar was safe on an infield single to second, scoring Verdugo. Miguel Castro replaced Fry and Bogaerts pinch-hit for Tzu-Wei Lin. Bogaerts took a called strike (which was perhaps too far inside), fouled a pitch off, and swung and missed.

The Orioles tacked on two additional runs against Dylan Covey in the seventh. The Red Sox had only one baserunner in each of the last three innings.

Roenicke says he will use an "opener" on Monday night against the Mets.

Robots Now: Moscoso? No. No. No.
Alex Cobb / Martín Pérez
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Moreland, 1B
Peraza, 2B
Verdugo, RF
Bradley, CF
Plawecki, C
Lin, SS
All four Blue Jays infielders on Opening Day (July 24) (third baseman Travis Shaw, shortstop Bo Bichette, second baseman Cavan Biggio, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) were sons of major leaguers.

That has happened once before. On June 1, 2012, the Dodgers' infield was third baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr., shortstop Dee Gordon, second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr., and first baseman Scott Van Slyke. (The Dodgers also had Tony Gwynn Jr. in center field.)

Cleveland's Shane Bieber struck out 14 Royals in six innings yesterday, tying Don Drysdale (1960 (11 innings)) and Randy Johnson (1993 (8 innings), 1996 (7 innings)) for the second-most Ks on Opening Day. Camilo Pascual of the Washington Senators struck out 15 Red Sox in 1960 (9 innings). Cleveland pitchers recorded 18 strikeouts in the game, the most by any team in a nine-inning Opening Day game since at least 1901.

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