Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox dropped their series to the Oakland A’s with a 7-3 loss Thursday.

Boston is now 2-6 on the season.

W: Brett Anderson (2-0)

L: Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2)

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. What the hell happened here?

The Sox were on the verge of getting out of the fourth inning down only a run, but Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts let a would-be fly-out drop in between them.

The Red Sox would never recover from that play.

Rodriguez would be removed from the game and wouldn’t make it out of the fourth. He gave up six runs on eight hits.

Defense has been a big problem for the Red Sox so far in 2019. They’re tied for the second-most errors in the majors with eight.

2. Red Sox bats deliver early on, but fall silent:

The Sox jumped out to an early lead, plating two runs in the first and one in the third, but they didn’t do anything after that. A’s starter Brett Anderson struggled with his command, walking four batters and surrendering eight hits, but the Sox left 10 men on base.

3. J.D. Martinez stays hot:

Martinez has reached base in all eight of Boston’s games after homering in the third inning Thursday.

Martinez is the least of Boston’s problems at the moment. He’s picked up right where he left off from last year.

Up next:

The Sox head to Arizona to open a series with the Diamondbacks Friday night. Rick Porcello (0-1) will take the ball against Zach Godley (0-1)

You can hear Matt McCarthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Hardcore Baseball podcast and on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.