CHICAGO – Nathan Eovaldi has a 8.05 ERA (17 earned runs, 19 innings) in his last five starts.
Eovaldi fought again on Friday. The Red Sox lost 6-1 to the White Sox here at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Righty allowed three runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer ex-Red Sox Yoan Moncada on a 98.1 mph fastball.
Eovaldi threw 15 goalless innings to start his Red Sox career. But he has allowed 24 runs, 17 earned, 38 hits (three homers) and three walks, while he has streaked 12 in five starts since then.
"We need to make adjustments," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. His stuff is too good for him to be hit that way with two punches.
Eovaldi's start was shortened to two innings due to rainfall and David Price will not make his scheduled start on Monday after being hit in the wrist on Wednesday with a scheduled cruise.Eovaldi will take a three-day break on Monday.
He threw only 35 seats on Friday.
"I felt really good today," said Eovaldi. "I did not pitch many pitches today. So I think it will take three days. "
Eovaldi arrived on Friday at 71
" He does not walk with people. The strike percentage is high up, "said Cora." Maybe we're throwing too many punches. Sometimes they fall in. They are so aggressive in the strike zone and they trust their stuff that they are in the zone with two blows instead of bumping into the edges. "