In their first matchup since last year’s World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals edged out a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.
For most of the year, the one reliable (or at least semi-reliable) part of this Red Sox squad was the bullpen, but as of late they haven’t been able to hold onto leads. Tuesday was no different as the Cardinals got runs off of Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa to help put them on top late against Boston.
There were two bright spots for the Sox as rookie starter Rubby De La Rosa put together a solid start, some would say a quality one, after going six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The righty had good pacing and didn’t give up many hard hit balls on the evening.
New guy Yoenis Cespedes continues to impress, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and his fourth triple of the season. Only Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava were the only Red Sox to record hits other than Yoenis.
Boston and St. Louis go back at it tonight at Busch Stadium as Joe Kelly makes his Red Sox-debut against the club he was traded from about a week ago. Shelby Miller takes the mound for St. Louis in round two of this anti-climactic rematch.