Another day, another poor Red Sox pitching performance. Right off the bat, it looked as if Clay Buchholz was going to have a short and ineffective performance against baseball's elite.
In the first inning, Buchholz surrendered three runs on a combination of poorly located pitches and hard hit balls. Buchholz was wild, giving up five walks in 5.1 innings pitched. However, after the first inning, it appeared that Buchholz may be able to put together a decent outing, specifically because of his low pitch count. Unfortunately, after Bryce Brentz's first career home run in the top half of the sixth inning, the Rangers again got to Clay Buchholz and chased him out of this game. On the day, Clay Buchholz lasted only 5.1 innings, relinquishing seven hits and five runs (four earned), while only striking out three.
After Buchholz, the bullpen was again able to put the Red Sox in a position to win. In 2.2 innings, the bullpen only allowed one run on three hits, but relief is needed if the Red Sox want to make a run in October. Aside from Craig Kimbrel, no one in the bullpen is reliable, yet John Farrell is continuously strutting out Heath Hembree, Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. By mid-August this bullpen is going to be spent.
Offensively, the Red Sox could not get anything going against Martin Perez, and made another mediocre pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate. The Red Sox are again in free-fall, going 4-6 in their last 10 games and in need of some serious pitching help. Will Dave Dombrowski make a move now, instead of waiting for the Trade Deadline?
Next up, the Red Sox go to Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays, who have lost 11 games in a row. Hopefully, the Red Sox will be able to right the ship and get back on track to their winning ways.