Boston Red Sox Lose Series To Oakland Athletics By Only Winning One Game Of A Four Game Set
The Boston Red Sox season continues to dwell in mediocrity, despite a 12-3 win on Sunday they still failed to win the series against an below-average Oakland Athletics team.
Boston managed to avoid the sweep on Sunday, but losing three straight games going into it is simply unacceptable for a team with that payroll and talent on the roster.
The series started off on Thursday when Boston sent Hector Valazquez out for his major league debut where he gave up six earned runs in five innings of work. That game ended up being a 3-8 loss for Boston. The following night on Friday the Red Sox had Ace Chris Sale on the hill who struck out 10+ batters for the eighth consecutive start. But like usual the offense failed to support Sale and the team lost in the 10th inning when Heath Hembree let up a walk-off home run, final score of game two was 2-3.
Then in game 3 on Saturday, the Red Sox starting pitcher was Drew Pomeranz who once again failed to go deep in a ballgame lasting only four innings. But that length should not shock anyone as in eight starts this season he has averaged 4.2 innings per start. If that wasn’t worse enough Pomeranz decided to yell at Manager John Farrell after he was told he was done for the day after pitching 97 pitches through four innings.
There are some positives to take out of the series as on Sunday the Red Sox defeated the Athletics 12-3 behind a strong outing of Eduardo Rodriguez who through his sixth consecutive quality start. Rodriguez is second to Sale on the Red Sox staff in ERA (3.10), WHIP (1.09), and innings per start (6.0).