For some strange reason, I was actually looking forward to seeing Roenis Elias up with the big team. I had watched some tape of the scrappy left hander before his call up and liked what I saw. He is emotional on the mound and has a couple really good pitches. Unfortunately, another Red Sox pitcher disappointed me, as Elias was roughed up by his former team by the tune of seven hits and seven runs across four innings of work. Immediately following the game, Elias was optioned back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, and it was revealed by manager John Farrell that Clay Buchholz would reclaim his role in the starting rotation. Yay.
Offensively, the Red Sox were lukewarm, at best. David Ortiz had another fabulous night, as he launched his 521st home run into the center field bleachers and tied Red Sox great, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas as the 19th overall player in career home runs. On the season, Ortiz is hitting .344 with 18 homers and 59 RBIs and looks like a guy that is far from retiring. However, as we all are away by now, Ortiz's feet have been bothering him since he tore his achilles in 2012.
Because this is his final season, the Red Sox need to make the most of it. In any other year, Dave Dombrowski and company may be willing to stand pat and accept the fate as a middle-of-the-road playoff team, but not this year. If the Red Sox do not make some moves to seriously help the pitching staff, it is a waste of Ortiz's final year and a disservice to the greatest designated hitter in the history of baseball.
For the Mariners, they were able to feast on Elias, lead by right fielder Franklin Gutierrez. Gutierrez was able to launch two home runs out of Fenway Park and haul in a career-high six RBIs. On the season, Gutierrez is batting .252 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs, so he isn't exactly the guy that you would think would tear the cover off the ball, but remember it is the Red Sox; Their pitching staff is a train wreck.
Until next time....