Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Porous Bullpen Once Again Kills Red Sox, Fail to Clinch Against Empire, 3-2

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All the signs were good until the seventh inning. Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi delivered six strong innings of work—with the Red Sox ahead 1-0 and in position to clinch the American League East. Then, of course, Dave Dombrowski's Achilles Heel entered the game—the completely undependable bullpen. First, Brandon Workman quickly put two Pinstriped Posers aboard with walks. Ryan Brasier (who has been generally stellar) then coughed up a three-run jack that pretty much sealed the deal for The Evil Ones. Said Red Sox manager Alex Cora: "You don't want to put traffic (on the bases). Because they're one swing away from changing the game, and they did." Indeed. A meager rally in the ninth (aided by two Empire errors) fell short in the eventual 3-2 loss.