Closing time: Felix Doubront, Clay Buchholz shelled as Red Sox endure rout at hands of Blue Jays
|07.28.14 at 10:26 pm ET|
A week ago, the Red Sox dished out a 14-1 thrashing against the Blue Jays in Toronto. On Monday night, the Jays returned the favor.
There weren’t many bright spots for the Red Sox in Monday night’s 14-1 defeat. In fact, as Felix Doubront was giving up hard-hit balls left and right in the sixth inning with a shower of boos raining upon him after each hit, it felt a lot like a new rock bottom.
Doubront, who has made his desire to either move back to the rotation or to be traded quite clear over the past couple of days, didn’t do much to improve his stock on Monday. He relieved starter Clay Buchholz with two on and nobody out in the sixth. At that point, the score was 5-0. By the time Doubront was pulled after recording just two outs, the Red Sox were in a 13-0 hole.
The left-hander has reiterated that he believes he’s a starter and doesn’t belong in the bullpen. Coming into the game, he had posted a 5.40 ERA in six relief appearances this season. His numbers between the bullpen and rotation didn’t differ all that much, despite the tiny sample size as a reliever. Those numbers look more skewed now, thanks to Doubront’s six-hit, six-run performance in just two-thirds of an inning. He now sports an even 11.00 ERA out of the pen.
Doubront issued a walk and induced a sac fly upon entering the game, but things went south after a home run to Melky Cabrera (his second of the evening). Doubront went on to give up a couple of long doubles and hard-hit singles before being lifted.
Doubront’s performance was a disaster, but Buchholz’s wasn’t much better. Buchholz put the Red Sox in a hole right off the bat; the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead just six pitches into the game thanks to a leadoff walk and first-pitch home run off of the bat of Cabrera. Though Buchholz settled down for a few innings following the long ball, he was far from sharp. The bottom of a significantly weakened Jays lineup (one that featured the likes of Munenori Kawasaki, Josh Thole, Ryan Goins and Anthony Gose) did most of the damage as the Jays tacked on two in the fourth against Buchholz. He was responsible for three of the nine runs in the debacle of a sixth inning, and finished with seven runs allowed on the evening. The bottom four of the Blue Jays order went a combined 8-for-12 against Buchholz and Doubront.
On the offensive side, it was a familiar story. The Red Sox couldn’t get much going against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed just one run on three hits through seven innings of labor.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– For a while after Buchholz came off the disabled list, he looked like his old self. During a stretch of four starts, he compiled a 2.73 ERA and walked just one batter over 29 2/3 innings. But things have unraveled for Buchholz lately. His seven earned runs on Monday night represented a season high, and he’s issued four free passes in each of his last two outings. He’s allowed 23 hits over his last 17 innings.
– Even the more consistent of Red Sox pitchers had off nights. Burke Badenhop wasn’t sharp, walking a pair and allowing a run, despite not permitting a hit. He did, however, secure the last out of the nightmarish sixth inning.
– Though he drew a walk, Brock Holt went hitless for his third straight contest. The leadoff man is just 1-for-his-last-23.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
– It comes as little surprise, but David Ortiz was responsible for the Red Sox’ lone run on the night, singling in David Ross, who had drawn a walk. Ortiz has driven in 21 runs over his last 14 contests.
– Stephen Drew had one of only four hits for the Sox, sending a double to right. He continues to show signs of progress at the plate, batting .270 over his last 11 games. He was also robbed of a hit by first baseman Juan Francisco, who snagged a sharp liner down the line.
– Craig Breslow pitched a relatively clean eighth inning, allowing just a single. He’s allowed just two runs in his last 10 outings. Edward Mujica tossed the only 1-2-3 inning of the night for the Red Sox in the ninth.
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