Jul 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcherClay Buchholz
(11) makes his way onto the field before the start of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The 2013 World Series champion Red Sox earned their 50th loss of 2014 last night while playing at home versus the Chicago White Sox. The Wrong Color Sox played well but weren’t spectacular; the Struggling Sox just made them look that way.
The Red Sox started the game with more anemic offense. They waited until the bottom of the third inning to get their first hit, worrying fans about another possible no-hitter.
Clay Buchholz pitched a full seven innings which featured seven strikeouts. Not a bad performance, if not for the four earned runs including two homers. Clay used 111 pitches and is now the proud owner of a 3-5 record and 6.11 ERA.
Looking for a silver lining? Felix Doubront pitched two full innings in relief and gave up only one hit. His ERA is still over five, but at least he’s headed in the right direction.
The Red Sox’ pair of hits came off the bats of A.J. Pierzynski and Jackie Bradley Jr. As a team, the Sox only struck out five times. However, they also left five men on base and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. What’s worse about that stat, the zero or the fact that there were only three times men were in scoring position?
The Red Sox take on the White Sox again Tuesday night in Fenway. In addition to wondering if they will ever reach .500, there will be plenty of speculation about trade possibilities, no doubt.