Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Boston Bullpen Implodes In Ninth Inning, Red Sox Fall To Lowly Tribe, 7-5

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If the Red Sox narrowly miss the post-season, this is one of the games we will all remember. Up 3-0 going to the seventh inning, the vaunted bullpen could not get nine outs. In fact, in the ninth inning, Ryan Brasier couldn't get any outs at all. Brasier and Travis Lakins combined to cough up five runs in the ninth—wiping out a 5-2 Boston advantage entering the frame. Ultimately, Tito's Tribe won, 7-5—wiping out a solid six-inning performance by David Price. What more evidence does Dave Dombrowski need that this "non-traditional closer" experiment is a total bust? Craig Kimbrel is still available—heck even the recently-released Fernando Rodney (as despicable as he is) would look better than what we've currently got at the back-end of the bullpen. The Red Sox took the 3-0 advantage mostly on a fielding blunder by the Indians, but when you have a lousy team on the ropes late, you put them away. At least championship teams do. Worst of all, Boston had a chance to close the gap with The Evil Ones down to 5.5 games—as they approach a big four-game set at The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street. Bad loss, no biscuit!