Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red Sox Put On 'Brave' Front, Still Lose, 4-2

Jonny Gomes Back At Fenway (FenwayNation Photo)
It has come this. You no longer go to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox win—you go to marvel at the inventive ways they lose. Such was the case last night. It wasn't one particular thing that caused the 4-2 loss to the one-time Boston Braves, it was an amalgam of bad defense, stupid base running, lackadaisical outfield play, crappy starting pitching and hitting into lots of double plays. See—a brand to new way to lose! Rick Porcello lost for the fifth straight time—going 6.1 innings and giving up four earned runs. A seventh-inning HR by Xander Bogaerts and a meek ninth-inning 'rally' were all the soggy patrons had to cheer for. Mookie Betts knocked in a run with one of his three hits—riaising his average to .246—and both Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval got two hits apiece. But, once again, this was lousy baseball by a team that looks like it's just going through the motions. Seven losses in a row, nine games out of first place, eleven games under .500. A treadmill to oblivion.