Saturday, October 6, 2018

Red Sox Survive Another Bullpen Meltdown, Take Game One From Empire, 5-4

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Once again, the trade deadline inaction by team President and CEO Dave Dombrowski is haunting this 2018 Red Sox team. Dombrowski's inability to upgrade a clearly woeful bullpen nearly cost Boston a Game One victory in the American League Division Series. Staked to a 5-0 lead by the offense and Chris Sale's solid starting pitching, the relief corps was not ready for prime time in a series of "deer in the headlights" appearances before Craig Kimbrel was forced to slam the door with a four-out save. These types of 'cardiac' wins are not sustainable in a championship run—as the Red Sox were lucky to prevail 5-4 over The Evil Ones. In the first inning, J.D. Martinez reminded us all why we got him—with a laser shot into the first row of the Monster Seats for a three-run HR. Tack-on runs were provided by Steve Pearce (RBI single) and a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly—then the offense shut down for the rest of the game. In the meantime, successive poor outings by the 'pen forced manager Alex Cora to bring in starter Rick Porcello in the eighth inning before going to his closer. A Pyrrhic victory if there ever was one. David Price goes in Game Two tonight to try and secure a 2-0 lead heading to Baghdad-On-The-Hudson Monday night.