Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Six Sox All-Stars Can't Prevent Another Bad Loss, 7-2

(AP Photo)
It's nice that six Red Sox players made the All-Star team (and another—Dustin Pedroia—might get voted in), but as you wake up this morning, things are not good for your Carmine Hose. They lost another game in the standings with a really bad 7-2 loss to the Rangers. The omens weren't good from the start—literally. On David Price's first pitch, a Ranger ball left the yard. Boston eventually tied the score at two, but left entire third-world nations on the bases almost every inning. As bad as the pitching was in this one (and it was bad), it's the offense that deserves blame for this defeat. While Price recovered (Rick Porcello-like) to go eight innings, it was not a $182 million performance (yet again). With the game still within reach in the ninth inning, "closer" Craig Kimbrel poured gasoline on the fire by giving up four earned runs without recording an out. Game. Set. Match. Three games out of first place.