Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story had quite a performance to forget in the 8-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Story struck out four times in the contest and also failed to record a hit for the fifth time in the last seven games. Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani simply had his number on Story, and after he struck out the veteran infielder for a third time, the boos were ringing throughout Fenway Park.
Speaking ahead of Boston’s home series opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Story touched on his sluggish performance on the day, where he also noted that the booing from the fans did not catch him “off guard.”
“That’s part of it,” Story said. “Strike out four times like that, that’s to be expected a little bit. … That comes with the territory. It’s not something that caught me off guard or anything. We all just want to win and I know the fans do, too. So that’s it.”
Following the Red Sox’s loss to the Angels, manager Alex Cora also acknowledged the boos from the Fenway faithful on the day
“Expectations are here,” Cora said. “They are what they are, right? What the fans expect is the same thing he expects. It’s part of the equation.”
Story so far boasts career lows across the board in his debut season with the Red Sox, from batting average (.210) to OPS+ (71). For now, a key three-game series against the White Sox awaits Boston this weekend.