Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Regressing Toward The 'Means'—Sox Lose To Barely Major-League Birds, 4-1

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This one was so predicable. Not-Ready-For-MLB starter Josh "Way Back" Smith started last night's game for Boston—and by the second inning he had his baptism-by-fire. A grand slam by the anemic Orioles put the Red Sox in an early hole that they never emerged from in the eventual 4-1 loss. Three measly hits were mustered by Boston—two by Christian Vazquez alone. The bullpen was actually the star of the game—yielding no additional runs for their 4.2 innings of work. Newcomer Ryan Weber pitched four of those frames—giving up no runs, three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. No-name Baltimore starter John Means shut down the previously potent Boston offense—hurling seven strong innings. What's most depressing is that the Red Sox were on a roll—and they basically handed this game to a pathetic Orioles squad.