By: Greg Keenan
The norm went by the wayside last night in Toronto as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox, 3-0. The 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello took the mound for Boston, allowing three runs (none earned), on six hits in seven innings pitched. He also walked one batter and struck out five.
Rick Porcello did not allow an earned run last night and still took the loss. The runs all came in the bottom of the 2nd inning. It started when Pablo Sandoval committed a throwing error, allowing Troy Tulowitzki to reach. This was followed by an error by the 2016 Gold Glove Award winning 1st baseman Mitch Moreland which sent Tulo to third, and the hitter, Russell Martin to second base. Darwin Barney reached base soon after, and all three were able to score. Rick Porcello was dynamite, but so was the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, who allowed no runs on four hits. Without those two errors by Boston’s usually solid defense, it would have been a long game.
As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, Mookie Betts struck out swinging for the first time since September 12, 2016. 129 at-bats later, he struck out north of the border. The Red Sox altogether were able to put up six hits on the board. Pablo Sandoval showed rare promise from the right side of the plate, has he had one hit from each batter’s box last night. Sandoval spent the entire 2015 season has an exclusively left-handed hitter, despite the fact he identifies has a switch hitter and has his whole career. He is trying switch hitting again this year, even though he hasn’t had much success hitting right handed.
The Red Sox will take on the Blue Jays in Canada today at 12:37 PM ET to wrap up a three game series against the 3-11 home team. Ace LHP Chris Sale will get the ball for Boston tomorrow, as he will try and best Toronto’s Marco Estrada. For more Red Sox content, you can follow me on Twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage of your favorite New England sports teams.