Tough, tough loss for the Red Sox last night. Lets start from the top and work our way through this ugly loss. Eduardo Rodriguez started this game for the Red Sox, and this was quietly one of the biggest starts of his career, in my opinion. E-Rod started the game rough, allowing a run in the first inning, but settled down and, at times, looked like a legitimate starting pitcher in the major leagues. Rodriguez was pumping his fastball through the outer half of the plate at 94-96 MPH, but he was not able to run the ball inside on right-handed hitters, which ultimately allowed them to extend and drive the ball when E-Rod missed his spots; most notably, Rodriguez allowed a two-run home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning. At the time, this tied the ballgame at four.
Nonetheless, the Red Sox's bats seemed to reignite, as they were able to put together 13 hits, eight of which came of Jose Quintana, who surprisingly struggled against Boston. Fortunately, the Red Sox were able to pounce on Quintana, who was only able to pitch 5.1 innings, relinquishing six runs and striking out only one batter. Offensively, the highlight of the Red Sox's night was a massive home run into the Boston bullpen by Hanley Ramirez, who seemed to have a message to the Boston media following his trip around the bases:
In typical Red Sox fashion, as the eighth inning rolled around, Koji Uehara took to the mound and continued to struggle this season. In just 0.2 innings, Uehara allowed four hits and two home runs that ultimately brought across three runs and gave the White Sox the ballgame. Boston was able to threaten in the bottom half of the inning, and were involved in a replay, courtesy of a near-home run by Xander Bogaerts. Check it out below:
Off the bat and after the first replay, I thought that it was a home run, but the umpires took a look and thought differently. Nonetheless, Bogaerts was awarded second and Chris Young hit a ball that was five feet left of the foul pole. From there, the Red Sox's bullpen continued to implode, as Heath Hembree gave up yet another run and the Red Sox were not able to threaten in the bottom of the ninth.
The Red Sox lost another close game, which was highlighted by the realization that Koji Uehara is not the same guy that he was in 2013, if anyone had any shade of doubt. Dave Dombrowski needs to not only make moves to this starting rotation and add bench depth, but now also the bullpen, if he had not figured it out already. Good times.
Next up, the Red Sox will finish out their home stand against these same Chicago White Sox. Rick Porcello will take the mound for this afternoon game. Check back in for a full game preview.