After giving up 13 runs in a game against the Rays, Red Sox fans were hoping for a nice bounce back series against the lowly Angels. It turns out, that was too much to ask for with this team. The Red Sox got absolutely smoked by the Angels offense, led by C.J. Cron, to the tune of 21-2.
Coming into the series, the Angels held a 32-47 record, good enough for last place in the AL West. The Red Sox were coming off a losing series to the Rays, and a horrendous month of June. Squeaking out a win the night before, things were off to a good start in July, until Clay Buchholz took the mound.
It was another Buchholz start where he gave up more runs than innings pitched. Buchholz went 4.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and just 1 strikeout. A performance that many seem to believe will be his last as a member of the Red Sox.
It was another outing that Clay lost in the first inning after surrendering a towering 2-run homerun to Albert Pujols. Last night marked the 8th straight game in which Buchholz has allowed a homerun. As if that wasn't bad enough, the only person who has a longer streak is David Price with 9 straight.
I'll spare you the details and the trauma of all 21 runs scored, and just skip to the star of the show. First Baseman C.J. Cron had himself a night going 6-6 with 5 runs and 5 RBIs. Catcher Carlos Perez also put on a show going 5-6 with 2 runs and 6 RBIs. Even with his epic night, Perez is still only hitting .208, showing the strength of this Red Sox pitching.
Mookie Betts scored both Red Sox runs, one on an error throw by third basmean Yunel Escobar, and the second on a solo homerun in the 7th. Betts was the only person who seemed to show up for the Sox offensively, going 3-5 with 2 runs and 1 RBI. Betts upped his average to .296 on the season.
As for the pitching, Clay Buchholz, Robbie Ross Jr. and Pat Light had each given up 6 runs in their performances. Ryan Lamarre came on for one inning and was the only pitcher to not surrender a run in this game. Yes, Ryan Lamarre.
Another disastrous night for the Red Sox, however they can still take the series today with a win. Sean O'Sullivan (1-0, 7.94 ERA) faces off against Matt Shoemaker (3-8, 4.12 ERA) at 1:35.
By Matt Watts