Robinson Cano had been 1-11 against Abad going into that at-bat, which is why I have no problem with Farrell bringing him into that situation. Abad actually got ahead of Cano and got the count to 1-2, making him look absolutely ridiculous in an 0-1 breaking ball in the dirt. The one thing that Abad couldn’t do in this situation was give Cano something inside that he could pull into the stands in right field. Of course, Abad proceeded to throw hanging a 79 mph breaking ball on the inside part of the plate for Cano to demolish. It is inexcusable to give Cano a pitch that he can even make contact on in that situation, not to mention the one pitch everyone knew he was looking for. Unlike the typical Boston fan, I’m not going to say that Abad is already a bust. However, the fact that this makes Drew Pomeranz first impression look good certainly says something about the severity of what happened.
For the second straight start, David Price pitched well enough to win the game. Once again, the Red Sox bullpen found a way to lose the game, hand Price a no decision, and dishearten Red Sox fans across the country. It’s great to see Price pitching like the true ace that he is, but they can not be wasting these stellar performances because they have not come very often this season. Hopefully Price can continue to pitch well, but if he can’t we’ll be pointing at these games if we find ourselves on the outside looking in come October.
Andrew Benintendi was called up and came off the bench to make his major league debut. As a Sox fan, I wanted to see him do well at the plate, and do even better in the outfield’s post game dance. Instead, I got to see him go 0-2, and strikeout looking to end the game on a 99 mph fastball that was way off the outside part of the plate. Hopefully his first career start Wednesday night will be a little more like what I was expecting. Your Major League debut is supposed to be something you never forget. Yet if I were Andrew, I’d want to completely erase that game from my memory and start fresh on Wednesday.
The Red Sox need to bounce back next game. With Rick Porcello set to take the mound, they are in a good position to do just that. For the time being, all we can do as fans is try and find ways to distract ourselves from the fact that if we continue to lose games like this one, October is going to belong solely to the Patriots for the third straight year.