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When the Red Sox throw the opener home, it’s another matter for a team that lacks consistency – The Athletic

With the momentum of a series win in Detroit, the Red Sox couldn’t follow the script of winning at Fenway Park on a perfect, sunny day with the first full-capacity home opener crowd since 2019.

Instead, the bats fell silent on Twins rookie Joe Ryan, and even as the pitching staff managed to hold him through the middle innings and the offense began to scrape him back together, the bullpen’s supposed back end gave it away. The Red Sox lost their first home game of the year 8-4 to the Twins.

“Overall it wasn’t great,” manager Alex Cora summed it up.

Their season started a week ago in New York on Friday and it was only seven games, but little has been said about an uneven 3-4 start.

Aside from one inning in Detroit, where they scored six runs, the Red Sox offense — which should be among the most prolific in the league, especially at Fenway — is yet to find a rhythm. On Friday, it was Jackie Bradley Jr. who finally helped the Red Sox find some life offensively when he roasted a double against the wall at center in front of the Twins’ flamethrower, Jhoan Duran. Kiké Hernández followed with a double of his own, hitting a run and Rafael Devers hitting a two-run homer. But then Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez struck.

https://theathletic.com/3253060/2022/04/15/as-red-sox-drop-home-opener-if-its-not-one-thing-its-another-for-a-team-lacking-consistency/?source=rss When the Red Sox throw the opener home, it’s another matter for a team that lacks consistency – The Athletic

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