Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Red Sox Out-Hit 13-5, Fall Again To Cleveland, 6-3; Lead Is Down To 8 Games

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While it's clearly no time to panic, the Red Sox are in the midst of a funk that has seen them: a.) experience their first three-game losing streak since early April and, b.) watch a division lead quickly dwindle down to just eight games (with thirty-five left to play). Last night, Boston managed only five hits in a 6-3 loss—their second in a row to Tito's Tribe. Nathan Eovaldi went just 5.1 innings and gave up four earned runs—including a sixth-inning HR. Brandon Workman and Tyler Thornburg also gave up single runs in the defeat. So, weak hitting, poor starting pitching and a continued shaky bullpen all conspired to deliver the loss. What offense there was was mostly provided by: Andrew Benintendi (2-4, R) and Xander Bogaerts (104, R, RBI). The Carmine Hose are not experiencing a good trend these days—and they face a 15-game winner in Game Three of the Cleveland series tonight.