After two disappointing losses, one would think that the Red Sox would have come out with a fire lit under their ass. Unfortunately, the Red Sox, aside from a few standouts, came out flat and looking like a tired team. Dustin Pedroia was able to get the scoring started in the first inning, as he launched his 11th home run of the year to straight away centerfield, but scoring was few and far between after the first inning. The Red Sox were having a difficult time figuring out Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, who was able to go 7.2 innings in this game, relinquishing three earned runs on seven hits.
The Red Sox were not able to score again until the seventh inning, when Xander Bogaerts hit a rainbow moonshot over The Green Monster. Unfortunately, like Pedroia's home run, no one was on base and Fulmer was able to navigate through the damage. Mookie Betts was able to smack a very hard hit ball into the centerfield triangle in the eighth inning and had a chance at a inside-the-park home run, but Brian Butterfield thought better than to send Betts as the go-ahead run. This was not the first questionable decision on the afternoon. Stay tuned.
Eduardo Rodriguez was only able to go 5.1 innings before his pitch count (101) forced him out of this game. Rodriguez looked sharp through the first two innings, but was hit hard after that and ended up giving up three earned runs. All things considered, this wasn't the worst start for E-Rod, but at this point in the season, it is not unrealistic to expect more out of the 23-year-old lefty.
After Rodriguez, Matt Barnes and Clay Buchholz were able to give the Red Sox 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, before, surprisingly, Brad Ziegler gave up an opposite field home run to Miguel Cabrera.
With first base open, it is not wrong to question John Farrell's decision to pitch to one of the best hitters in all of baseball. I don't usually like to put the go-ahead run on first base, especially with a player like Victor Martinez up after Cabrera, but Miguel Freakin' Cabrera is not like most hitters. Additionally, Mookie Betts badly misplayed a ball in right field, as Cabrera's home run hit the small wall between the bullpen and the field, and flipped out for a home run. The sun was clearly in Betts' eyes, but one has to wonder why Farrell did not have the outfield playing deeper to prevent an extra base hit in the first place.
This series caps off a disappointing home stand for the Red Sox, who will now be headed out West for a tough road trip, starting with the Anaheim Angels. With the Trade Deadline set for Monday, these next couple of days will be extremely interesting and could dictate the direction that this team decides to go in.