|06.13.15 at 12:10 am ET|
It’s June 13 and already too many times has the question been asked, “Is this rock bottom?”
That growing list got another addition Friday night when the Red Sox bullpen allowed nine runs in the seventh inning, as the Red Sox blew an 8-1 lead, falling to the Blue Jays 13-10. It was their fourth straight loss.
According to Elias, Toronto became the first team to score nine runs before recording an out in an inning since the Red Sox scored 12 runs in the sixth inning on May 7, 2007. The Blue Jays also overcame a deficit of at least seven runs for the fifth time in club history.
“It was a long inning, obviously,” manger John Farrell said. “We know that they are an explosive, big-inning type of offense and that played out. Tried to stay right-handed because of that lineup and use the big part of the field. They were able to fight off a number of good pitcher’s pitches and didn’t miss any time we made a located pitch on the plate. Couldn’t slow them down until the final nine-run tally.”
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly had exited the game and in came reliever Matt Barnes, who faced three batters and allowed hits to all three. Then in came Junichi Tazawa, who the Blue Jays own, and he allowed three straight hits before an error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Then, with the game knotted at eight, Russell Martin delivered the big blow with a three-run triple to the triangle in right-center, ending Tazawa’s night and there still being no outs in the inning.
Things didn’t get any better, as Tommy Layne entered and he was greeted with Justin Smoak crushing a two-run homer into the Monster seats, before he was able to retire the next three hitters in succession and mercifully end the inning.
The inning featured 12 hitters, nine runs, eight hits, one error and three different Red Sox pitchers.
“It’s a tough loss, every loss is pretty tough, but it’s stuff like that that happens in baseball — not all the time obviously, but pretty weird game to watch,” Kelly said. “Just crazy how those guys kept hammering the baseball.”
|06.12.15 at 10:36 pm ET|
Poor starting pitching, poor offense, poor defense and now add to the list poor relief pitching.
Red Sox relievers allowed nine runs, all in the seventh inning as the Red Sox blew an 8-1 lead, falling to the Blue Jays 13-10 Friday night at Fenway Park. The team has now lost four straight games and the Blue Jays have now won nine straight games.
Leading 8-4, it was a disastrous seventh inning for the Red Sox as the Blue Jays scored nine times. The nine runs match a season-high allowed in an inning.
Toronto had six straight hits off relievers Matt Barnes and Junichi Tazawa to open the inning before an error at third base from Pablo Sandoval. With the game tied at eight, Russell Martin delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing triple to the triangle in right-center. The first nine batters of the inning all reached, and all scored.
In the inning, Barnes allowed three runs, Tazawa five and Tommy Layne one, on a laser of a home run into the Monster seats off the bat off Justin Smoak to close out the scoring (one of the runs in the inning was unearned). The Blue Jays entered the game averaging a major league baseball leading 5.33 runs per game.
The seventh inning spoiled a strong offensive output for the Red Sox, especially early on.
The home team wasted no time as they put up a five-spot in the first inning against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. David Ortiz got the scoring going with a two-run single and then Sandoval and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers to account for the five runs. It was the third time the Red Sox have hit back-to-back homers this year.
Even after scoring the five runs in the first, and the two homers, they weren’t done there as in the third inning Dustin Pedroia hit a towering three-run homer over the wall in left to put the Red Sox on top 8-1 at the time.
Hutchison finished the game going just 2 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and walking three.
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly didn’t have his best stuff. The right-hander allowed four runs over six innings on seven hits, while surrendering two walks taking a no-decision. The Blue Jays made him work, forcing him into a lot of three-ball counts early on.
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Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
|06.12.15 at 8:21 pm ET|
While it appeared Mookie Betts escaped some damage after running hard into the corner of the Red Sox bullpen’s wall, he left the game the next inning and the Red Sox announced the injury as a low back sprain.
In the second inning of Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game, Jays first baseman Justin Smoak crushed a ball towards the triangle in right-center and Betts, chasing hard after the ball, crashed viciously into the corner of the padded wall, hitting his face against the padding.
He stayed in the game after the play, but was replaced the next inning after having trouble walking to the on-deck circle.
“He has a contusion,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “Obviously the impact of the wall and then also when he landed there was a little bit of twisting effect where he’s got a sprain in the back. X-rays were negative. He’s a little sore right now.”
Farrell said he has no concussion symptoms.
Below is video of the play:
GIF: Dear lord Mookie Betts ate it HARD. pic.twitter.com/esWfw3f5x1
‘ Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 12, 2015
|06.12.15 at 6:53 pm ET|
Wade Miley has regrets.
The Red Sox left-hander acknowledged before Friday’s game against the Blue Jays that he reacted poorly in the heat of the moment during a dugout confrontation with manager John Farrell in a 6-5 loss to the Orioles.
“I feel like I lost my mind,” Miley said. “I lost my mind last night. Like I said, the emotions ran wild. I did something I shouldn’t have done. That’s it.”
Added Miley: “I handled it terribly. Bad way to handle it.”
Miley yelled and pointed at Farrell after the fourth inning. He had already allowed five runs on nine hits, including three homers, and his night was done.
According to a clubhouse source, Miley wasn’t incensed just at being lifted from the game, but at the fact that Farrell had a reliever warming at the start of the fourth inning, which Miley took as a sign that Farrell didn’t believe in him.
Miley wouldn’t address the particulars on Friday.
“I let my emotions get the best of me,” he said. “In the heat of battle I did something I kind of shouldn’t have done. Me and John discussed it, squash it, and move on. Look forward to my next outing.”
Miley made clear the issue was his, not Farrell’s.
“Me and John have never had a problem,” Miley said. “It’s on me. I made a mistake last night and did something that I’m trying to move past.”
Miley also said he doesn’t believe Farrell has lost the clubhouse.
“I think he’s doing everything he can to get us going, trying to make the right moves for us to have the best success possible,” he said. “We’re not holding up on our end of the bargain.”
Miley is 5-6 with a 5.07 ERA.
|06.12.15 at 5:42 pm ET|
For the first time in his major league career, Xander Bogaerts got to the park and saw his name penciled in as the Red Sox‘ No. 3 hitter.
With Hanley Ramirez getting a day off dealing with a left hamstring issue from Thursday and fouling a pitch off his knee Tuesday, Bogaerts will take his place in the batting order.
Bogaerts is currently on a seven-game hit streak, but manager John Farrell said Ramirez is the team’s No. 3 hitter.
“Hanley is probably our three hole hitter, for the time being,” he said. “But, [Bogaerts] has been swinging the bat well, he’s had a number of quality at-bats for a period of time now. With Hanley out, Bogey I think the obvious choice to settled into that spot. Where we go going forward when we have a full complement of players, Bogey has been in the middle of a lot of our scoring opportunities.”
Bogaerts hasn’t hit higher than fifth in the order this season. Currently he’s batting .295, the third-best on the team behind Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt.
“I would like to think the spot in the order doesn’t dictate what the hitter is going to do,” Farrell said. “Yes, we’d like to find combinations that work in tandem if possible. Once you get past the first time through the order, whether you’re in the three hole or the eight hole, that becomes a little irrelevant to be honest with you. Yeah, the higher up you’re going to get an additional at-bat each night. Bogey has done an excellent job of gradually coming along and being a steady performer to the point of a .300 hitter. He’s going to get added responsibility.”
— Craig Breslow has been placed on paternity leave, as he’s expecting twins. Heath Hembree has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.
— Farrell said Justin Masterson (right shoulder tendinitis) is physically able to pitch on Monday, but it is unclear where that will be. He said the two would meet before Friday’s game to map out a plan.
— Ryan Hanigan (fractured right hand) will take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time. He’s on the 60-day disabled list and should be able to return right around the All-Star break.
|06.12.15 at 4:59 pm ET|
About 18 hours following his meeting with the media following Thursday loss to the Orioles when he addressed the dugout outburst from Wade Miley, manager John Farrell had a different tune.
“What happened last night was a pitcher who is competitive. Obviously did not like the decision of being removed form the game, but the outburst in the dugout was something that is unacceptable,” Farrell said. “I won’t stand for it and a result we met immediately following the game.”
Added Farrell: “The surprising is the setting that it took place. There’s always going to be decision that players don’t agree with, but there is a way to go about expressing that. That wasn’t the case last night.”
The manager said what was said in that meeting between the two would stay in-house, but Miley did acknowledge what he did was wrong. Miley won’t be suspended or fined for the outburst.
Miley was pulled after four innings and allowing five runs on nine hits, including three home runs.
Thursday night Farrell said he fully respected Miley’s desire to stay in the game and it came down to Miley being a competitor. He was then asked why he didn’t say it was unacceptable following the game.
“I expressed at the time I could understand his mindset,” Farrell said. “To escalate that any further — he and I spoke immediately after the game. I felt — and I think everyone else was aware of that, that mattered to me most and that is those 25 guys.
“I am here to tell you that it was unacceptable, he’s well aware of that and that is where I will leave it.”
|06.12.15 at 3:13 pm ET|
The Red Sox will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, while the Blue Jays come in winners of eight straight.
Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup after appearing to be in obvious pain for much of the series in Baltimore after fouling a pitch off his knee. Brock Holt will take his place in left field, as the Red Sox go up against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.
Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
|06.12.15 at 10:09 am ET|
After a disappointing three-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles, the Red Sox head back to Fenway for a weekend series with the Blue Jays. The Sox had swept their first series of the season last weekend against the A’s and looked to build momentum down at Camden Yards.
The team failed to do so, losing all three contests and falling back to the cellar of the AL East, now seven games behind the division-leading Yankees. In the month of June, the Sox have gone an even 5-5, pushing their record to an inadequate 27-34 on the season.
The Sox have been unable to sustain momentum all year, and just followed their best series of the year with one of their worst.
While the Red Sox have struggled to the bottom of the muddled AL East, the Blue Jays sit at third in the division. They are three games back of the Yankees, one behind Tampa Bay, and a game ahead of the Orioles.
The Toronto squad comes to Yawkey Way on a hot streak, having won eight straight games. The recent winning streak has put the Jays back on the right side of .500, with a 31-30 record.
Toronto owns the most potent offense in all of baseball, having scored 325 runs. The Jays are a whopping 50 runs ahead of the second-place Yankees. The differential between the Jays and Yanks is more than that between the Yankees and the 25th-place Red Sox (228 runs).
The Blue Jays rank first in team slugging percentage, first in team OPS and third in batting average. With 75 home runs, they have knocked the fourth-most round-trippers in the majors.
|06.12.15 at 9:48 am ET|
ESPN analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to offer his views on the John Farrell-Wade Miley confrontation from Thursday night. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
During Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Orioles, Miley — who allowed five runs in four innings — expressed his frustration to the manager in the Red Sox dugout after being told he would not return for the fifth inning. Farrell followed Miley down the tunnel to the locker room and later downplayed the confrontation rather than publicly admonishing the left-hander.
Schilling, who pitched for the Red Sox when Farrell was the team’s pitching coach, said Farrell might have been careful with his words to the media, but he’s sure the 6-foot-4 field general flexed his muscles in private.
“I promise you there was a conversation in which John said, ‘If this ever happens again I’ll break you in half,’ to some degree,” Schilling said. “John Farrell isn’t just a big dude and he doesn’t just have an intimidating presence. He’ll throw down.
“This happens all the time,” Schilling added. “It generally happens a lot of time behind the scenes. With guys that are dumb-asses, sometimes it happens in front of the camera.”
Asked if the postgame conversation would have happened in front of the team, Schilling said that’s not necessary.
“There’s no sound-proof door on the manager’s office, which is about 11 inches away from the clubhouse,” Schilling said. “You don’t need to do it in front of the team to make sure the team knows.”
|06.12.15 at 8:39 am ET|
After their trip down the East Coast to Baltimore did not yield a win, the Red Sox return home to open their third series of the year against the Blue Jays. In Friday’s opener, Boston will send Joe Kelly to the mound while Drew Hutchison gets the start for the Jays.
The pair faced off against one another once already this season on May 9 when Hutchison recorded his third win of the year in a five-inning, one-run effort. Kelly, on the other hand, gave up six earned runs on four hits in 5 2/3 frames and picked up the loss, walking seven and striking out three in the process. Hutchison is still rolling, posting a 5-1 record with a 4.91 ERA on the season, and Kelly has started to make things work for himself recently, too. The Red Sox righty has hurled consecutive starts in which he lasted at least five innings and surrendered just one earned run in each outing.
“Whether it’s the last couple of starts or even going back to when he first arrived here last year, Joe’s got the ability to rise to an occasion inside of a game,” manager John Farrell said after Kelly’s most recent start against Oakland on Saturday. “Whether it’s the ability to reach back and get a little extra velocity, whether it’s making a key pitch as he’s done the last two starts in particular with men in scoring position, he’s got a way about him to keep a moment under control and still execute.”
Kelly, whose season ERA has fallen from 6.24 to 5.40 over the past two games, grabbed his first win Saturday since his very first start of the year back on April 11. Between victories, he had outright lost four times and registered no-decisions in his other five trips to the hill. Kelly’s last 11 innings of work have seen opposing batters slash .222/.286/.289, allowing just two extra-base hits of the 10 total he’s conceded in that time.
Now through three starts vs. the Blue Jays, two of which have come this year already, Kelly has a 0-1 record with a 6.62 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He has given up 13 earned runs to Toronto and walked 12, logging a 1.42 WHIP. Jays batters have a .190/.325/.365 slash line with Kelly on the mound, and of the 12 hits the right-hander has granted the Blue Jays, five have been for more than one base.
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