Smith has rough first start: Josh Smith was making his first start for the Red Sox and his first start anywhere in the majors since 2016 and it showed. After working around a one-out walk in the first inning, Smith wasn't nearly as successful in the second inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases and when Smith struck out PedroSeverino and Richie Martin, he was an out away from getting out of a far bigger mess. But Jonathan Villar golfed a curveball down in the zone deep to center field to clear the bases, giving the Orioles the only four runs they would need. Smith doesn't throw hard, which means his margin for error is greatly reduced, and too often, Smith was around the middle of the plate with a fastball that was registering 90-91 mph. He didn't help matters by walking two, adding to traffic on the bases. His pitch count escalated quickly and when, after allowing two more hits to start the fourth, he finally got the first out of the inning, he was done. Even for a spot start, the Sox would have liked to get four innings from Smith and he couldn't give them that.
Offense quieted: On Sunday, the Red Sox scored nine runs. On Saturday night, they scored nine runs in a single inning. But there was nothing explosive at all Monday night