Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the team in last place in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox had lost 3 straight and 6 of the previous 10 games. The Rays crushed the Red Sox 13-7 on Monday night, leading to a closed door team meeting. The desperate need to stop the bleeding and right the ship fell on the shoulders of Rick Porcello on Tuesday night. He stepped-up and delivered a quality start and W, something Red Sox starters have failed to do lately.
Porcello allowed just 1 run over 6 strong innings while striking out 8 and walking 3 (all in the 4th inning). The run came when Porcello lost the strike zone in the 4th inning after a lead-off walk to Desmond Jennings and a single to Oswaldo Arcia, he then proceeded to walk Taylor Motter and Nick Franklin to bring in a run. Porcello then somehow, with no outs and the bases loaded, got a strikeout, flyout and strikeout to end the inning and limit the damage to just 1 run.
Normally a very good outing wouldn’t get a lot of attention, but given the circumstances, this game was critical to getting the Red Sox back on track. Porcello began the turnaround, now it’s on David Price to keep the momentum going in Wednesday afternoon’s 12:10pm getaway day game.