If you just look at the box score of this game, it would be easy to blame Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox pitching staff for this loss. However, after Buchholz gave up two runs early in the first inning, he settled down to give the Red Sox five quality innings. Again, Buchholz did not wow anyone in his return, but did he pitch better than Henry Owens or Roenis Elias? On the day, Buchholz threw five innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five. He was about as mediocre as it gets, but at this point, the Red Sox don't have any other option than to strut Buchholz out there every fifth day.
The one bright spot of the night was being able to see Chris Sale pitch at Fenway Park. Sale was elite as always, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, while allowing four hits and striking out nine. Sale also lowered his ERA to 2.83 and continues his bid to be the American League starter in this year's All Star Game. The lefty became the first pitcher to win 12 games, and currently boasts an impressive 12-2 record with 102 strikeouts in 105 innings.
In what seems to be a reoccurring theme, the Red Sox again could not generate any offense. Hanley Ramirez is continuing to be a liability in the middle of this order, specifically last night because he was the cleanup hitter with David Ortiz getting the night off. On the season, Han-Ram is hitting .265 with a measly .710 OPS. Terrible.
Up next, Eduardo Rodriguez tries to right the ship for the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park in the third game of this four-game set. This is a massive game for E-Rod, who may be pitching for his job in the starting rotation. Another terrible start could force the Red Sox's hand to make a move.