In what has become a recent trend on the West Coast, the Red Sox have again spoiled a solid outing by their recently consistent starters. While the Red Sox were able to squander four runs two nights ago, Fernando Abad gave up a home run to Robinson Cano, which ultimately spoiled the evening. Last night, the Red Sox were barely able to squeak out one run for Rick Porcello, who was consistent as always. While Porcello only surrendered three hits last night, they were all solo shots, and the Red Sox found themselves down three runs in the top of the ninth after not being able to figure out Hisashi Iwakuma for 7.1 innings.
Seattle's hard throwing closer, Edwin Diaz, came into the game and could not throw a rock into the ocean even if he was on a Whale Watch out of Boston Harbor. The Red Sox were able to score a run, but Sandy Leon quickly extinguished this small rally and the game was over. If Leon was able to reach, Andrew Benintendi would have had to opportunity to push across more runs for the Sox. Unfortunately, Boston would drop this game by a final score of 3-1.
The Red Sox are now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, as the Detroit Tigers leapfrogged them for that second wildcard spot. The Tigers have won eight games in a row and seem to have finally caught their stride. I have seen many people saying that the Red Sox should fire manager John Farrell and, while that may be true, I believe that it is foolish to think that Dave Dombrowski would fire a manager that is 10 games above .500 in the beginning of August. The fact of the matter is that Red Sox veterans, like Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, need to light a fire under this young team and make it known that you cannot just go through the motions in the MLB while they are in a crucial stretch for a playoff spot.
The one bright spot in last night's loss was the play of rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi. The young Arkansas Razorback went 2-for-3 with two singles in his first major league start and was the only player in the Red Sox lineup to register a multi-hit game. While many have questioned his size and the timing of bringing him up with the big league team, his talent is undeniable.
Additionally, before the game, we were given the news that Hanley Ramirez' x-rays came back negative, meaning that he did not break his wrist two nights ago from :falling down the dugout steps after the game." He is said to only miss a couple games and could play in the series this weekend against the the Los Angeles Dodgers, but this is Hanley Ramirez we are talking about. Minor injuries seem to "linger" with this talented, yet at times troubled, veteran.
Next up, Drew Pomeranz will make his fourth start in a Red Sox uniform as the Red Sox look to split this four-game set in Seattle. Check back in for a full game preview.