Astros give Red Sox much-needed reality check on Nathan Eovaldi

The Houston Astros hit five home runs in an inning Tuesday night, all from Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

Despite his status as a strikeout artist, Eovaldi is known for being sometimes erratic with his pitch selection. On Tuesday afternoon, a poor start turned into a nightmare for the Red Sox.

Eovaldi didn’t make it out of the second inning, allowing eight hits, nine runs and six of them earned. Five of those hits were home runs.

Tuesday was a worrying peak of a season filled with long balls for Eovaldi, although performance numbers and runs have been down in the league so far.

For the Astros, they became only the eighth team to hit five homers in an inning, humiliating Eovaldi. The Sox ace’s ERA rose to 4.32 with his brutal performance.

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi is humiliated by Astros

“In the past, I’ve always felt like the Astros would come out swinging and try to jump on the fastball,” Eovaldi said. “I was able to locate it in the first, had a fast first inning. I tried to do the same thing in the second inning and they didn’t miss.

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While Alex Cora downplayed it as a poor start, Eovaldi admitted he hasn’t been the same so far this season.

“Physically, I feel really good. Mechanically I felt good,” said Eovaldi. “But again, I need to get out of the gate locked in at my location a little better.”

Eovaldi’s pitch selection, which was fastball-heavy in the second inning, also needs improvement. Astros give Red Sox much-needed reality check on Nathan Eovaldi

John Verrall

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