Pitching Woes Plague the Red Sox as They Give Up a Loss to the Orioles
On [Thursday] night Red Sox pitching looked shaky. With Pitching Ace Steven Wright out of the rotation due to a Season Ending Injury, Kyle Kendrick took to the mound. It didn’t take long before he was in trouble. He gave up a Run in the 3rd Inning but the real fall out was in the 4th Inning where he gave up 5 Runs and a real dinger to Manny Machado. Machado’s 3 Run Home Run pretty much took the Sox out of the game. I mean lets not gloss over the issue here. The Bullpen played poorly. Kendrick played poorly. They ended up giving up 17 Hits on the night and 8 Runs. Kendrick only lasted 4 Innings after giving up 6 Runs.
The only bright spot on the night was the 3rd Inning where Dustin Pedroia hit his first Homer of the Season. They scored 2 other times that Inning making it [3-1]. Unfortunately the Bullpen blew it. Allowing a Hit parade to the Baltimore Orioles. I mean seriously, everyone got a Hit in their line up. Machado led the team in Hits. The same guy who “Spiked” Pedroia, in a Second Base slide, in their last Series. The “Bad Blood” between these two teams is now palpable. And the rivalry will most likely continue the next time that they see each other.
Meanwhile the Red Sox pitching gave up 8 Runs in all. Ben Taylor struggled in the 5th leaving the Bases loaded. Brandon Workman came in and pitched 3 Innings but he also struggled. It was an up hill battle all game for them. Baltimore took the Series with an [8-3] win.