Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox picked up a comeback 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night at Fenway Park, plating two runs in the ninth inning to improve to 4-9 on the year.

W: Marcus Walden (1-0)

L: Ken Giles (0-1)

Here are three thoughts on the win:

Where would the Red Sox be without Mitch Moreland?

Moreland’s RBI double in the ninth inning tied the game for Boston, before Rafael Devers knocked in the game-winning run with a bounding single.

That wasn’t the only big hit for the night for Moreland. He tied the game in the seventh inning with a home run, his fifth of the young season.

Without Moreland, there’s a decent chance the Sox would be winless in 2019. His home runs in Seattle and Arizona were the difference in the lone wins of those series, and his big double in the win against Oakland loomed large in that game.

Moreland went 2-for-5 Thursday.

When will the Red Sox get a good start?

Nathan Eovaldi was tagged for five runs on six hits over five innings of work. Home runs were a problem again, as the Blue Jays took Eovaldi deep twice.

Red Sox starting pitchers have an ERA over 9.00 and have allowed 18 home runs in 2018.

Somebody, please, teach the Red Sox how to run the bases:

The Sox trailed 5-4 in the fifth when Dustin Pedroia hit a shallow fly to centerfield. Rafael Devers tried to tag from third, and it was not a good idea.

Unsurprisingly, Devers was tagged out on the play. The Red Sox have been bad on the bases in 2019. Add it to the list of things the Sox need to clean up.

Up next: 

The Red Sox welcome the Baltimore Orioles to town for a four-game series tomorrow. Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 12.38 ERA) will take the ball in the series opener against right-hander David Hess (1-1, 2.70 ERA)

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.