Sox Pitching Continues To Struggle
On [Monday] night the Red Sox bats were quiet. It looked like it would be a close game against Baltimore, but it spiraled out of control for the Red Sox. They made too many Errors down the stretch to win the game. They just weren’t playing good Baseball. Their starter Rick Porcello was pitching. He did his best to keep them in the game. Yet with little run support they couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Porcello pitched well, giving up just two Runs. It kept it close up until the 8th Inning when Heath Hembree was pitching. The 8th Inning was ugly for the Red Sox as they made 4 Errors in a row. Which sealed the deal for the Orioles win.
Porcello started off strong through 4 innings. In the 5th Inning he gave up an RBI Double. He fought his way back and ended the 5th stranding two base runners in scoring position, leaving it [1-0]. Porcello ended up giving up a Home Run to Manny Machado. He left the game afterwards at [2-0]. With the only real blemish being the Home Run. The Red Sox seem to really struggle scoring wise as they average under 2 Runs Scored a game with Porcello pitching. This is something we have seen in the past as they also struggle when Chris Sale pitches.
Heath Hembree came into the 7th Inning and seemed to be doing alright till the dreaded 8th Inning. He made a throwing Error on a Double Play ball to second base. Which led to a Baltimore score [3-0]. Another fielding Error by the Red Sox brought in another Run making it a [4-0] ball game. In all they made 4 Errors in the Inning making it 8 Errors in only 3 games. It was ugly. Hembree had to be taken out of the game after pitching just 1 1/3rd Innings. A Sac Fly would later score another Oriole making it [5-0].
The Red Sox mounted a mini comeback scoring two Runs but an atrocious base running error by Hanley Ramirez ended it. He hit an RBI Single but kept running to second where Andrew Benintendi was. There were two runners at one base and Benintendi was called out. As I said before they just weren’t playing good Baseball. The final score was [5-2] and the Baltimore Orioles handed the Sox their 12th loss of the season. The Red Sox will have to get some hits going if they want to win these close games.