BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox' string of dominant starts couldn't last forever, and indeed, it came to a sudden halt Tuesday night. When it did, the five-game winning streak ended with it.
Clay Buchholz gave up a career high 12 hits, and, critically, three sacrifice flies as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Red Sox, 4-1.
The Orioles, who entered with a three-game losing streak, had baserunners from the beginning. Though he worked into the seventh, Buchholz didn't have a single 1-2-3 inning.
The Red Sox had just six hits but again failed to take advantage of their few opportunities. They stranded eight and didn't have a hit with men in scoring position.
Their lone run came in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia singled up the middle, took second on a comebacker, stole third and rode home on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly.
They wasted a second-and-third, two-out chance in the fifth and couldn't capitalize on Adrian Gonzalez's leadoff double in the eighth.
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One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.
President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.
Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.
POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.
President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.
According to The Week:
“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."
The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.
The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?