Sunday, September 23, 2018

Shockingly, Pitching Again Does In The Sox, Fall To Tito's Tribe, 5-4 In Extras

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This time it was both starting pitching and the bullpen that spelled doom for the Red Sox on Saturday in The Mistake By The Lake. Rick Porcello was less-than-pretty once again, going just five innings and coughing up four runs (three earned). Then, a succession of relievers actually performed well until the entry of Drew Pomeranz in the 11th inning. The lefty former starter was horrific—getting no outs, three hits and allowing the winning run to score in the eventual 5-4 loss. Game. Set. Match. Why Pomeranz is still on the Boston roster might be the mystery of this otherwise historic season. The Red Sox battled back to tie this game in the eighth—when Andrew Benintendi knocked in two. Earlier, Rafael Devers and Blake Swihart homered. Still, this game is a portend for the future—there is no way the Red Sox win anything this year with a crappy, inconsistent bullpen. Period. Win records are nice, but Dave Dombrowski fundamentally failed to improve a clear weakness at the trade deadline. That could very well kill this season in October.