Rick Porcello didn’t have a terrible outing, but it was not as ace-like as we’ve come to expect from him. Rick went 7 ⅔ innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 9 hits while striking out 8. Everyone needs to acknowledge the fact that this is a very good start. This would be a great day for most pitchers, and the fact that this kind of outing from Porcello seems underwhelming speaks to how spoiled we’ve become. I don’t appreciate that he shook off an outside fastball called by Sandy Leon and instead decided to hang a curveball to Longoria. However, nobody’s perfect and it's hard to hold this one mistake against him when it is in no way his fault that we lost.
Two things about this game really got to me. First of all, Andrew Benintendi left the game with a left knee sprain. If Benintendi is not okay, the Red Sox are not okay. He has provided a huge spark from the bottom of the lineup and helped cover up the lack of dependable left field options in the Red Sox organization. Hopefully his 22 year old body will recover quickly and we’ll see him back out there in the next of couple days. If he is forced to miss an extended period of time, the Red Sox will have to figure out what they’re going to do about left field for the time being. I swear that if Bryce Brentz gets the call I’m going to lose my mind. Second of all, Heath Hembree messed up. Twice. In the same play. First off, he completely botched the flip from Travis Shaw at first base. This is why you don’t go through the motions in spring training. It’s going to come up in games and it needs to be executed to perfection. He then proceeded to bounce a throw to home that Sandy Leon couldn’t corral, and that was it. Game over. Red Sox lose. Even if it doesn’t all boil down to just that play, it was the difference between a chance at a win and a loss. More importantly it is the difference between being tied with the Blue Jays or possibly being one game up on the Blue Jays.
The Sox have one more chance to get a win before going back home for a series with Kansas City. Drew Pomeranz will look to continue his recent stretch of success after racking up his first 2 wins as a Red Sox player. If they’re going to lose, I would prefer they just lose from the beginning. Please stop getting my hopes up and they letting me down. I’m just going to have to trust Pomeranz to keep the Sox in position to win. Even if he doesn’t, it’d be nice if he’d let me know early like Henry Owens did.