Apr 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront (22) walks off the mound after being relieved by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
It is fair to say the Boston Red Sox worst game of the season came Thursday night in Fenway against the hated New York Yankees. It all started in the first inning when Xander Bogaerts misplayed a hop on a two out ground ball allowing the first base runner of the night to reach. Carlos Beltran followed the error with an RBI double, and the rout was on.
Felix Doubront didn’t make it out of the third inning, giving up seven runs, but only three were earned.Craig Breslow came in later to make Doubront’s outing look not so terrible, as Breslow managed to secure three outs while allowing five runs, four of those earned. Red Sox pitching allowed 14 runs in all, and nine of them earned.
The Red Sox defense came through with more errors than the team had hits, 5-4. CC Sabathia was limited to just six innings of work, not because he struggled as he allowed just two runs on three hits and eight strikeouts, but instead because he spent so much time sitting on the bench waiting for the Red Sox to successfully secure three outs in an inning.
Shane Victorino went 1-5 in his first game back from injury and batted second in the order.
The Red Sox now stand all alone at the bottom of the AL East with a record of 10-13 and 3.5 games behind the first place Yankees. The Sox will now head north of the border for a three game weekend set with the Toronto Blue Jays.