First inning, first pitch. David Price threw a fastball right down the middle and Shin-Soo Choo launched a mammoth home run to straightaway center field. Shocker, a Red Sox starting pitcher gives up a run in the first inning. But wait, there's more! After a couple more hits, Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly and drove in another run. Yay! 2-0, and the Red Sox have not gotten up to bat yet.
To his credit, David Price settled down and actually pitched pretty good. Other than giving up another run in the sixth inning, Price was dominant throughout the game against a really good Texas Rangers lineup. On the day, Price went eight innings, allowing eight hits, while striking out 10 and walking only one. However, like always and for the 10th straight game this year, Price relinquished a home run. If Price can somehow find a way to cut down on the number of home runs he gives up, then he would be pitching like he has in past seasons.
Offensively, the Red Sox were putrid, plain and simple. Boston was able to mash out 11 hits, but they could do absolutely nothing with runners on base. They left 14 runners on base, while only hitting 2-16 with runners in scoring position. I don't care if Price gave up two runs in the first inning, the offense was the ultimate reason that the Red Sox lost this game. You can't expect to be that terrible with runners on base and still win a ballgame.
To add insult to injury, John Farrell, for some reason unknown to everyone within 125 miles of the city of Boston, threw Craig Kimbrel out there to pitch the ninth inning. Kimbrel relinquished four runs and was not able to record an out, propelling his ERA from 2.53 to 3.66. In 388 games in his carer, this is the first time that Craig Kimbrel was unable to record an out. I know that we cannot baby Kimbrel, but in 14 non-save situations this year, he has a 6.75 ERA, while allowing 10 walks in 13.1 innings of work. Conversely, in 19 save situations, Kimbrel has a 1.45 ERA and three walks in 18.2 innings pitched. I wholeheartedly believe that this issue for Kimbrel is between his ears, and that is something that needs to be worked out in bullpen sessions and out-of-game workouts.
And that is completely on John Farrell.
To be fair to Farrell, the Red Sox bullpen has been overused and a player like Kimbrel needs to step up when needed. However, in this scenario, Farrell had Heath Hembree warmed up and ready to go in the bullpen. This is just another case of Farrell being a terrible in-game manager and fueling the fire underneath his already-hot seat.