By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox ran into trouble in the late innings, giving up three runs in the eighth inning as part of a 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros Friday night at Fenway Park.
W: Will Harris (1-0)
L: Rick Porcello (3-4)
S: Roberto Osuna (11)
Here are three takeaways from the loss:
1. Porcello stumbles late:
Rick Porcello cruised through seven scoreless innings of work, but left on a sour note after surrendering the go-ahead two-run home run to George Springer in the eighth inning.
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 18, 2019
Springer now has 17 home runs in 2019. He is hitting .320 with a 1.065 OPS.
Porcello went seven-plus innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
2. Brasier struggles again:
Ryan Brasier came on in relief of Porcello and allowed a big insurance run to score. He walked two and unleashed a critical wild pitch that setup a Josh Reddick sacrifice fly.
Brasier has now given up six runs in his last 7 1/3 innings. With Marcus Walden and Brandon Workman out-pitching Brasier, Alex Cora should consider reevaluating his bullpen hierarchy for the time being.
3. Sox struggle with runners on:
The Red Sox didn't lack chances in the loss. Boston put up nine hits, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on the night.
The Sox lone run came on a Christian Vazquez single in the sixth inning. Vazquez is hitting .311 on the year.