Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kimbrel 'Falls Behind' Granderson, Sox Suffer Third Straight Loss, 4-3 In 10

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There's something disturbing about the otherwise brilliant Craig Kimbrel. This season, he's been routinely falling behind hitters in the count. That proved to be deadly last night, as Curtis Granderson (who had thrown out the lead run at the plate an inning earlier) homered on a 2-0 pitch to end the game in a 4-3 Red Sox loss. This is the third straight defeat for the former juggernaut Carmine Hose. Boston fell behind 3-0 in a weird first-inning which included a botched throw home by Rafael Devers, a wild pitch, and a two-run single by that Granderson dude. Rick Porcello ended up pitching well again—going seven innings and giving up just those three fluky runs. He also struck out nine. The Red Sox battled back to tie the game late, but failed to take the lead on more bad base-running in the 9th. All in all, we are witnessing a disturbing trend—withering offense, poor defense and shoddy fundamentals. That usually winds up costing games.