Boston Red Sox Drop Wednesday Nights Game With Poor Offensive Showing
On Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox lost 4-1.
Boston had reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello on the mound and he went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 6 and walking two batters. In hindsight Porcello’s night should have been over after the fifth inning with the right-hander sitting at 97 pitches on the night. But John Farrell sent Porcello out for the sixth where he walked the first batter and then gave up a two-run home run to Max Kepler.
In relief the Red Sox used Heath Hembree (7th inning), Robby Scott (8th inning), and Matt Barnes (9th inning). Boston’s bullpen only gave up 1 hit (Hembree) and two walks (Both Scott) will striking out 5 batters (Hembree 3k, Scott and Barnes 1k apiece).
Unfortunately for Red Sox manager John Farrell his ballclub was only able to put together 7 hits on the night and only drove one run across the plate. The one run came via a Xander Bogaerts groundout in the bottom of the 7th inning. The only multi hit batter on the night for the Boston Red Sox? Mookie Betts who had a single and a double.
11 men were left on base for the Red Sox and at the plate they were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
With the loss the New York Yankees move back into first place in the AL East with Boston falling back into second after just one game atop of the AL East this time around.