And while there are many things that could be blamed for this abysmal series loss against the Skanks, such as:
Hanley’s 0-5 on Tuesday night, especially after The Large Father was intentionally walked TWICE,
Newbie Andrew Benintendi’s error in last night’s contest (which naturally was hit by Jacoby Ellsbury) ended up costing the Sox 2 runs, and ultimately the game.
The ENDLESS opportunities to bury the Skanks in both games. The Sox left 11 on Base on Tuesday and 9 on Thursday
The fact that Stephen Wright, could not start last night because John Farrell decided to have him PINCH RUN on Sunday and then he jammed his shoulder diving into a base. All because he didn’t WANT TO WASTE A PLAYER. So they waste the arguably best pitcher the Sox have.
It is always weird to me when the Sox play the Skanks in the middle of the week, and this year, they are doing it twice. The 3 games now and the last 3 contests between the two at the Stadium during the last week of September.
Seems like baseball is taking the loss there, not shoving Red Sox/Skankee baseball down the world’s throat as the Fox game on Saturday, and the ubiquitous 8:00pm ESPN Game on Sunday. Personally I think it’s a bit much anyway, as there are 28 other teams in MLB baseball, and they too should get a turn…
Besides, the Sox and Skanks series are not as compelling as they once were…and this year, they are even less so. At this point, I just want to see them win the season series–because if the Sox do not have what it takes to get to the postseason (not that I am ready to concede that yet), it will be content if the Skanks don’t either. So with that… Read more…
…And in this case, “3” is not a magic number…It stands for the number of games the Sox are behind in the AL East, behind both the Oreos and Toronto …AGAIN
So, AGAIN David Price crapped the bed for his 8th loss of the season, although if the 3 errors made did not result in the 3 unearned runs charged to Price, the score would have been tied.
Although, as ugly as this game was, it’s likely the Sox would have found another way to lose…
His line: 5 IP, giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, including a homer, while walking FIVE (!!!) and striking out 3. He threw 100 pitches, 59 for strikes.
And then there was Tazawa who gave up 2 solo homers in his 1 inning of work—and of course one of them was to Adrian Gonzales (BLECH). But shockingly, that Clay Person came in and pitched a damn near perfect 8th inning, giving up just 1 hit…and not even a homer or anything. Read more…
As is the case with game played on the Left Coast in the middle of the night, unless they are on the weekend, I rarely if ever make it to the end of the game. Last night’s contest was no different, although I when I last checked the Sox were up 4-1, and David Price had just given up the 1st run in the 8th inning.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and saw that the Sox had, in fact LOST THIS GAME. And to add insult to injury, it was as a direct result of Robinson freaking Cano hitting a 3-run homer off the Sox only trade at the deadline: Fernando Abad. So Abad let David Price’s 2 inherited runner’s score, which also aggravates me, because I hate that the pitcher who allows the runners to score does not get penalized. Add to that I was JUST saying in my post from YESTERDAY that one of the facets of Abad I like is that he has only given up two homers ALL SEASON. And then what does he do? 5 pitches into his Red Sox career, HOMER.
And when I went to bed last night, I thought to myself: “OK, David, you have 4 runs–don’t blow it”. And what does he do???? Read more…
Although the Sox moves at the trading deadline were less than impressive, there is some excitement in the air: Highly-touted prospect (#2 in the Red Sox organization and #7 in all of baseball) Andrew Benintendi has skipped AAA and will jump right into the pool, starting in Left Field for the Red Sox. A left handed hitter, Benintendi has been hitting very well in both Single and Double A, with a .312 BA between them.
Oh, and did I mention he has played 97 games (34 in Salem and 63 Portland) TOTAL? And is only 22? With him in left, Mookie and right, and JBJ in Center, holy buckets, that is an AMAZING outfield for like the next 10-12 years….
Neato stat: while it is rarer for a player to skip steps in their ascension to the majors, it did occur for the Red Sox not that long ago, to a player you may have heard of: Jackie Bradley, Jr.
And yes, Dave Dombrowski did address a bullpen need, signing left-handed Fernando Abad from the Twins, who is 1-4 in 30 appearances in 2016. He also has a 2.65 ERA, and has struck out 29 in 34 innings. I like the fact that he has only given up 2 homers in that span, because I really hate it when pitchers do that.
But for all the deals Dave tried to get (Chris Sale and Carlos Beltran were among some of the names bandied about), Abad was the only one that stuck. Read more…
The Sox trade a player for whatever reason, and then this player, more often than not, plays an instrumental role in the Red Sox loss.
Last night it was former Red Sox rookie phenom/shortstop Jose Iglesias, and it was a 2-run homer, given up by Drew Pomeranz in his 2nd start in a Red Sox uniform during the 4th inning, which put the Tigers ahead for good. Oh and Victor Martinez scores Iglesias in the 8th inning.
Speaking of Pomeranz, he was much better that he was in his first start, pitching 6 competent inning, only giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. He threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes
THEN Joe Kelly, who I reallyREALLY want to like, but holy hell he reminds me of The Wild Thing from Major League because he can throw 100 miles an hour, but honestly I don’t think he could hit the barn if he was inside it… Read more…