Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bullpen Eviscerated Again, Fall To Empire, 13-3

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When your middle relief consists of Robbie Ross Jr., Jean Machi, Craig Breslow and Alexi Ogando, chances are you're not a very good team. Such is the case with your 2015 Carmine Hose—whose relief corp got clobbered by The Evil Ones last night, resulting in a 13-3 loss. Through five innings the Red Sox clung to a 2-1 lead—fueled by a solid MLB debut by Henry Owens. At one point, Owens had retired 12 Pinstriped Posers in a row. Then, the floodgates opened. The young lefty gave up two hits, was removed from the game, and ended up yielding three earned runs in 5+ innings. The bullpen then proceeded to cough up nine more runs over the final frames—raising a question as to why Ben Cherington did not shore up this obvious weakness at the trading deadline. The clock is ticking on when real fans of this team (as opposed to Sweet Carline Nation) move from mere disgust to pitchforks and torches on Yawkey Way.