Before falling victim to Josh Donaldson last Friday night north of the border, Joe Kelly was flirting with a no-hitter deep into the seventh inning. However, last night in Baltimore, Kelly once again showed the inconsistency that has plagued this Red Sox pitching staff all season. Machine Gun Kelly was only able to go 2.1 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, while surrendering three base on balls.
Kelly had allowed five runs though two innings, but the Red Sox offense was able to get them back into this game, and even gave them a 7-5 lead heading into the third inning. Unfortunately, John Farrell thought it was smart to throw Kelly back out there for another inning, where he ultimately relinquished the lead before being chased out of this ballgame. After being pulled, the bullpen, which has been exhausted these past couple of games, was not able to provide the shutdown baseball that they are used to hurling. Tommy Layne gave up a run in .2 innings, Buchholz, who actually did not pitch half bad, gave up four runs (3 earned) in 3.1 innings, and Matt Barnes allowed a run in 1.2 innings. Not great.
It is easy to throw the blame on the bullpen, specifically Clay Buchholz, for giving the Baltimore Orioles another six runs, but when your starter only goes 2.1 innings and gives up seven runs, it is going to be difficult to win ballgames. I hope that this game shows Dave Dombrowski that reinforcements are essential to making a deep playoff run.