Rubby De La Rosa could give the Sox' bullpen the boost it needs in the second half. Photo by Kelly O'Connor,

Rubby De La Rosa could give the Sox’ bullpen the boost it needs in the second half. Photo by Kelly O’Connor,

After losing the first three games of the weekend series in Oakland, the Red Sox were able to salvage the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Boston’s offense got to work quickly against Athletics starter Tommy Milone, scoring twice in the first and collecting individual runs in the second and third. The Red Sox eventually went on to build a 5 run cushion in support of their starter, Jon Lester. The southpaw took advantage of the run support by tossing 7.2 innings of 4 hit, 3 run (2 earned) baseball while walking 2 and striking out 4. However, after Lester left things got dicey for the typically sure-handed Red Sox bullpen. Burke Badenhop entered the 7th inning with runners on first and second and promptly allowed three straight hits, which scored 3 runs and cut Oakland’s deficit to 6-4. While Boston escaped the 7th with the lead intact, not even Koji Uehara could silence the A’s offense, as he allowed two solo homers in the 9th which tied the score. In extra frames, David Ortiz wasted no time getting the lead back by drilling his 17th homer of the season. Uehara remained in the game in the bottom of the tenth and slammed the door on the Athletics.

  • While most MLB players, both in America and internationally, start playing baseball when they’re youngsters, the same can’t be said for Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa. The fire-balling right hander only started playing when he was 15 years old, before then he was relied upon to be a source of income for his struggling family. (Rubby De La Rosa’s unexpected path to discovering his dream)
  • Contrary to popular opinion, now is not the time to call up Mookie Betts from triple-A. While the second baseman/center fielder continues to post unbelievable minor league numbers, the pressure that would be thrusted upon him wouldn’t be fair. As Boston’s overall offense continues to struggle, asking the 21 year old Betts to save the season isn’t the proper way to ease a prospect into the MLB. (Despite outfield offensive struggles, not the time to call up Mookie Betts)
  • As Red Sox fans, we know that David Ortiz has a knack for the big moment. Whether it’s the bright lights of the playoffs, or a regular season game in Oakland, Ortiz’ late-inning numbers make him one of the most feared hitters when the game is on the line. (Ortiz still has knack for the big hit)
  • Despite a large cloud of uncertainty hanging over his head, Jon Lester has performed at the top of his game so far this season. Lester, as you may know, is a free agent at season’s end, but could very well be traded by the Sox before the July 31st deadline. Whichever rout the Boston decides to take with the 30 year old, Lester will take it in stride, while continuing to pitch to the best of his abilities. (Jon Lester has peace of mind if not pact)
  • Tweet of the weekend: Could you imagine if Josh Beckett used this as an excuse back in the day? Sports radio field day.