The west coast trip isn’t off to the best start as the Boston Red Sox fell to the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Thursday night at O.co Coliseum.
Scott Kazmir was stellar for Oakland, going seven strong and giving up two earned runs with eight strikeouts. His 2014 season is truly amazing and we are looking at the guy that he New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays thought they were getting years ago.
Red Sox starter Jake Peavy was solid again, pitching 6.1 inning and yielding just three earned runs, four runs total. His main blemish was serving up a homer to A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes who now has 14 on the season.
But the real story here is how pathetic Boston’s offense was again. Four total hits with Dustin Pedroia getting two of them, including his fourth bomb on the year. The Sox also drew zero walks for probably the first time in over a month, but it may not have mattered if they did because they just aren’t amassing hits.
Former Red Sox and Andrew Bailey-trade piece Jed Lowrie scored twice for Oakland and has put together a nice stint of his career since leaving Boston. They could certainly use his bat right now anywhere in the order, but at least Andrew Bailey getting hurt helped lead to the Koji Uehara explosion.
These two clubs go back at it tonight at O.co Coliseum in Oakland where Felix Doubront takes the mound for Boston in his first start since returning from his rehab assignment. Brad Mills, who was just acquired by Oakland, will go for the A’s in place of Drew Pomeranz who broke his hand punching a chair last week.