Monday, September 3, 2018

Red Sox Skunked By 'Big Game James', Lose To Pale Hose, 8-0, Lead Still 7.5

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How the 2018 Red Sox can be shut down by what is (now, at least) a mediocre starter is mind-boggling. That's exactly what happened on Sunday as James Shields (who Boston beat twice a decade ago in the ALCS) limited The Carmine Hose to four hits over six innings in an embarrassing 8-0 shutout loss to Chicago. Boston starter Brian Johnson was horrible—lasting just 1.1 innings and coughing up four earned runs. You have to start wondering if starting pitching will be the post-season Achilles Heel for this team. The Red Sox supposed "offense" was mostly Xander Bogaerts—who got two of the team's five total hits. Luckily, The Bronx Embalmers fell to the lowly Tabbys in the Bronx—so the lead in the American League East stays at 7.5 games.