Monday, April 18, 2016

Bullpen Wastes Buchholz Gem, Sox Fall To Toronto, 4-3

(AP Photo)
Wouldn't you know it? Today, the Red Sox bullpen failed the starters. Clay Buchholz hurled 6 2/3 solid innings, giving up no earned runs on six scattered hits (and four double-plays) in the eventual 4-3 loss. But both Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel were off their games—imploding in the 8th and 9th to yield four runs. The melt-down was aided by a crucial throwing error by Josh Rutledge and two passed balls by Christian Vázquez—but both relievers had zero command. Travis Shaw knocked in another ninth-inning run in another abortive comeback. Once again, too little, too late—and we, once again, have a .500 ballclub on our hands.