The Blue Jays get their revenge against Red Sox

Rob Bradford
May 21, 2019 - 10:25 pm

TORONTO -- It really didn't seem a whole lot of emphasis was being put on Tuesday night's game in and around Rogers Centre.

Most of the talk pregame was almost exclusively regarding the Victoria Day controversy, leading Jays general manager Ross Atkins to devote virtually an entire press conference explaining why rookie sensation Vlad Guerrero Jr. didn't play on a national holiday. There was also the "Marcus Strognome" giveaway, and the Raptors' playoff game down the street to a focus on.

But considering the beating the Red Sox administered Monday afternoon against a talent-starved Jays club worrying about Eduardo Rodriguez's start didn't seem a worthwhile exercise.

Then came the game and suddenly the focus shifted, at least from the visitors' side of things. The Blue Jays somehow returned the favor thanks to a decisive, 10-3 rout of the Red Sox. (For a complete recap of the Sox loss, click here.)

Rodriguez's roller coaster of a season kept on dipping and diving, this time resulting in a five-inning, six-run start that saw the Red Sox' lefty surrender two home runs to the Blue Jays' Rowdy Tellez and one more to Randall Grichuk. Through 10 starts the pitcher carrying so much optimism into 2019 sits with a 5.43 ERA.

It was Tellez who continued to expose one of Rodriguez's biggest issues: an inability to get lefty hitters out. Left-handed batters are now batting .357 with a 1.166 OPS against the Sox starter.

"Same deal as the last one, we need to start getting lefties out, I think that’s the next step with him," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He wasn’t able to get Tellez out today. Actually the first at-bat he missed one, he hit a change-up for a home run, a slider for a home run, so I think we saw it in the last one, it’s been like that the whole season I think, even in spring training. We’ll take a look, see where we’re at and try to use his stuff in certain spots so he can start doing that."

After giving up just one run over 13 innings in two straight starts, Rodriguez has now surrendered 11 runs in 11 frames over his most recent two appearances.

Not helping matters were a couple of more uncomfortable relief outings from Tyler Thornburg and Colten Brewer after Rodriguez's exit. Each reliever allowed a pair of runs, putting Thornburg's ERA at 7.71 with Brewer sitting at 6.38.

The lone three highlights for the Red Sox came via a trio of solo homers from Mitch Moreland, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr.. It was the 13th of the season for Moreland, with Devers -- who also homered in the series opener -- now claiming five. Bradley Jr. has also homered in each of the series' first two games.