Red Sox rally too little too late after Pivetta gives up 5, O'Neill exits with knee soreness

Gabrielle Starr, Boston Herald on

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Until 38 minutes before their 4:10 p.m. first pitch on Saturday, the Red Sox had no lineup.

That was, Alex Cora explained during his pregame availability hours earlier, thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers, who’d made a pitching pivot that morning.

“We had to make an adjustment,” the Red Sox manager explained. ‘They’re going with the opener.”

Both teams had already submitted their starters, and it’s something of an unwritten rule that should a team decide to make an unnecessary change, they give their opponent a courtesy heads-up as early as possible.

“I don’t have a problem with it,” Cora said, though he admitted had his own reasons for not taking umbrage.

“In my situation, I’m the last guy that can complain about it, right, because I did what I did in the past,” he said, referring to his part in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and subsequent year-long suspension. “So, as far as baseball etiquette, whatever it’s called, I’m the last guy to complain about (expletive) like that.”


Unfortunately, the game itself did little to improve the mood. The Red Sox were no-hit for six innings and ultimately fell to the Brewers 6-3 to lose the series.

Nick Pivetta got the Brewers 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but it was all downhill from there. When Willy Adames led off the top of the second with a liner down the third-base side, the ball took a hop towards the stands, where a Red Sox fan reached out and made contact. Brewers manager Pat Murphy called for a review leading to a prolonged on-field delay. The replay review ultimately showed fan interference, giving Adames a ground-rule double, but Cora took issue with how long Murphy waited to call for the review, and had a lengthy discussion with the umpires. (The fan was asked to leave.)

The Brewers went on to load the bases, but Tyler O’Neill saved the inning with a leaping catch at the base of the Green Monster.

Pivetta wouldn’t be so lucky in the third. After getting two quick outs, the second of which was his 1,000th career strikeout, the righty found himself unable to get out of the inning. Back-to-back-to-back singles plated a trio of runs, and Joey Ortiz’s double drove in another pair. It took Pivetta 34 pitches to get through the inning, and once he did, the Brewers had a 5-0 lead.


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