With Spring Training now in full swing, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox took to the field on Tuesday afternoon. It turned out to be a bad day for Clay Buchholz and company, as the Red Sox suffered an 8-0 shutout at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
Buchholz worked just the first inning on Tuesday, giving up a run on three hits. David DeJesus scored on a first-inning single from Matt Joyce to put the Rays ahead early.
Rubby De La Rosa came on in the top of the second to replace Buccholz. He walked Jose Molina to start the inning, then gave up an RBI triple to DeJesus. James Loney followed up with his first home run of the spring, to give Tampa a 4-0 lead.
After tacking on a fifth run in the third inning, Tampa added three more in the fifth inning. Sean Rodriguez tallied his first home run of the spring, to which Jak-Ju Lee doubled home a pair of runs to give what would be the final 8-0 score.
Boston couldn't get anything started offensively, scattering eight hits across the afternoon. They went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and left a total of nine men on base. Buchholz takes the loss, , while Chris Archer picks up the win. Archer worked two innings and gave up just a hit and a walk.
Boston travels to Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday to match up with the St. Louis Cardinals, while Tampa heads to their Spring home in Charlotte County to host the New York Yankees. Both games are scheduled for a 1:05 P.M. Eastern start time.