The Boston Red Sox scored early and often in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Kike Hernandez homered on the first pitch of the game and the Red Sox did not stop there. They continued to pummel Cease and White Sox pitching all night. Trevor Story capped the four-run first inning with a three-run homer. Story is 5-for-10 against Cease in his career.
Cease pitched five innings of one-run ball in Boston on May 7 but fared much worse on Tuesday. He lasted just three innings against the Red Sox and allowed seven runs. The righty struggled mightily with his command and control.
Rafael Devers led off the fourth with a homer off Jose Ruiz and the Red Sox added two more to extend their lead to 10-0. Christian Vazquez hit a three-run shot off Matt Foster to culminate a six-run fifth inning.
Chicago pitcher Vince Velazquez restored order in the sixth. He tossed three hitless innings in his first relief appearance of the season.
Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta had all the runs he needed in the first inning. He pitched six innings of five-hit ball. He allowed three runs, fanned five, and walked two.
Jose Abreu hit his first home run since May 4, a two-run shot off Pivetta in the fourth. Tim Anderson continued his hot start with two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth.
Chris Sale threw 15 pitches at Boston’s minor league complex in Fort Myers.
Luis Robert landed on the COVID-19 Related injured list prior to the game.
Jake Burger got the call from Triple-A Charlotte and played the final three innings at second base. It was his first time playing the keystone position in his MLB career.
Lance Lynn threw batting practice to Eloy Jimenez prior to the game, and Rick Hahn stated both players will begin minor league rehab assignments within a week.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will send righty Lucas Giolito to the mound to face the Red Sox on Wednesday. Last time out, Giolito allowed two runs across five innings in a 6-2 loss on May 18 at Kansas City. Boston’s Rich Hill will oppose Giolito at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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