Boston Red Sox Bullpen Gets Teeth Kicked In During Series Finale Against The Kansas City Royals
The Boston Red Sox held a 4-2 advantage heading into the 8th inning, but that was not enough to overcome the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City rallied back and a Salvador Perez grand slam pushed the Royals to a 6-4 victory.
Drew Pomeranz was on the mound for the Red Sox and had a solid outing with 6 and 1/3 innings pitched allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits. John Farrell used Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Robby Scott, and Heath Hembree in relief.
“This one kind of stings because that group has been so good, so consistent for the better part of the whole entire season,” manager John Farrell said.
Kelly went 2/3 of an inning and was the only effective Boston reliever. Barnes walked two and was charged with 2 earned runs and did not record an out. Scott gave up 2 hits and 2 earned runs of his own, one of those hits was Perez’s grand slam. Scott also did not record an out. It took Hembree to get the three outs in the eighth inning on 7 pitches.
“Walks will kill you,” Benintendi said. “When the other team walks us it happens that way to them. You’re kind of holding your breath.”
With the loss Boston now is heading back to Fenway Park to start a weekend series on Friday with the Los Angeles Angels. The projected starters for that game is Rick Porcello vs TBD, the Angels have yet to name their Friday starter.