Thursday, April 18, 2019

'Pen Blows Winnable Game, Sox Lose To Empire 5-3, On Pace For 51 Wins

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Last night's game looked like a win. Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Boston had a 3-1 lead after a solid start by Nathan Eovaldi. Ah, but then the bullpen emerged. Sometime closer Ryan Brasier entered for the seventh, after the bases had been loaded by Brandon Workman. A grand slam later, and the Red Sox were behind, 5-3—the eventual final score. Early on, home runs by J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez had boosted Boston's edge to 3-0. But this team seems incapable of putting in the dagger. Their 6-13 record is the worst by a World Series champ since the 1998 Marlins (who had been almost completely dismantled after their win). This team is pretty much intact except for Craig Kimbrel—oh, yeah, that closer guy. This situation would be laughable if it weren't so depressing. Something needs to be done soon to shake-up this lethargic group.