They’ve done it again. For the second consecutive day, the Red Sox forgot to bring their bats to the ballpark. When the MLB’s top run producing offense is facing off against a last place team, you expect it to get ugly. It did on Friday and Saturday when the Red Sox scored a combined 27 runs. Unfortunately, it has gotten just as ugly in the complete opposite way as they have now scored just 1 run over the past 2 games.
On Sunday in Oakland, they wasted a masterful one hit performance by Eduardo Rodriguez as they were shut out and wound up losing on a walk-off error. On Monday, they wasted yet another quality start from Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz didn’t have his best stuff on Monday, but 5 ⅔ innings and 2 ER should be good enough to get a win. The only 3 runs scored in this game came via the long ball. A two run home run off the bat of Padres second basemen Adam Rosales, and a pinch hit solo shot courtesy of Chris Young. For the most part, Monday’s game was uneventful in a bad way. Despite out-hitting their opponent 7 to 6, the Sox were never quite able to string hits together and push some runs across.
Drew Pomeranz was able to make it through 5 ⅔ innings while allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5 batters. This isn’t anything to brag about, but should be a solid enough outing to earn a win. Monday’s start makes it 6 of his last 7 starts that Pomeranz has allowed 2 ER or less. Aside from his first few starts, Pomeranz has been just as good as we thought he was when Dombrowski traded away Anderson Espinoza. The problem is that when Pomeranz takes the ball, the offense is incapable of producing. In Pomeranz’ 10 starts on the team, the Red Sox have only lost 2 games in which they have score more than 2 runs. It would be great if 2 runs could always be enough to get a win, but when you consider the facts that we’re talking about our #3 starter and our horrid bullpen, it's not difficult to come to the conclusion that 2 runs will almost never be enough.
In the wake of some good news that Andrew Benintendi is ahead of schedule, Boston’s other young stud struggled mightily. Yoan Moncada went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. It is almost painful to watch him because it is so apparent that he has all this god given ability, but he just lacks the fundamentals. Sunday’s game against Oakland showcased that about as well as any you’ll ever see. He makes a good throw, then follows it up by butchering a routine ground ball. He lines a rocket 103 mph up the middle, then gets picked off at first. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Benintendi is the better player at this moment, but Moncada definitely has the higher ceiling. I’m not saying Moncada is a bust after 4 games, but Andrew Benintendi may have set the bar a little too high for Yoan coming straight from Double-A.
With a Blue Jays loss, the Red Sox remain just 1 game behind in the AL East. This is good and bad. It’s good because we haven’t lost any ground in the division. On the other hand, it hurts to think that if the Sox could’ve pulled this one out they’d be back in a tie for first place. Clay Buchholz will take the ball tomorrow as a starter as opposed to John Farrell’s 8th inning guy. In his 3 previous starts, Clay has held his own and kept the Sox in the game. If he can continue to attack hitters and pound the strike zone, maybe he can be the stopper that this Red Sox team needs. But you know what they say, you can’t win if you can’t score. Maybe someone should tell the Red Sox offense.