When your starting pitcher throws a complete game, three-run performance, you usually expect to win the game. However, for the Red Sox, it seems as if their MLB-leading offense has forgotten how to produce out in the midwest. The Red Sox had countless opportunities, most notably the 4th inning, with men on first and third with no outs, to drive in runs and fell flat. Chris Young, David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts appear ready to play, but the other members of the Red Sox starting nine must have been out late partying in what I am sure is a wild nightlife in Kansas City. Boston left seven runners on base and were not able to capitalize on multiple opportunities to drive in runs.
Steven Wright had a rough first inning, as he allowed a monster two-run homer to Eric Hosmer, but settled in nicely and deserved to get the win. Wright was able to go the distance, striking out six Royals and allowing only five hits. Kansas City's starter, Ian Kennedy, lasted only 5.2 innings, but was able to get out of situations by painting the corners and racking up nine strikeouts.
The Red Sox were able to generate some offense against arguably the best bullpen in all of baseball, specifically against Kelvin Herrera, but questionable base running and a strong throw by right fielder Jarrod Dyson extinguished any chance the Red Sox had of scoring late in this ball game. Moving forward, the Red Sox's margin for error against the top teams in the American League has to decrease. They cannot continue to give away runs.
The two teams will meet at 8:15 ET tonight to finish the doubleheader, as the Red Sox send ace David Price to the mound. Check back in for a complete preview of the game.