Red Sox chase for the AL East update.
Well ladies and gentlemen of Sox Nation, what could not happen, has happened. The Red Sox have lost their three game series against the Baltimore Orioles, 2 games to 1. This loss has dropped the Sox lead in the division to just one game, and with the sneaky Yankees coming to town, one game is not much of a cushion.
Game 1 was a thrashing by the Sox, putting up 12 runs by scoring every inning except the 8th. Ortiz hit his 536th homerun to tie the great Mickey Mantle, and Mookie Betts hit his 40th double of the season. David Price came out looking like the Price that is worth $200 million. He went 8 innings giving up only 2 runs and had 9 strikeouts to go with it. A great all around game for the Sox.
Game 2 had Drew Pomeranz on the mound, and he was hit hard, being replaced just after 2 innings of work, with 50+ pitches thrown. The Orioles put up 5 runs against Drew in the second inning, with a three run shot by JJ Hardy followed soon after by a two run shot by Nolan Reimold. The hole was dug early and Boston could not come back from it. The only good thing that could be taken from this was that the bullpen pitched phenomenal. Over 7 innings 6 guys held Baltimore to just 1 run, which came late in the game.
Game 3 was a heart breaker, The Fenway Freak, Rick Porcello, took his first loss in Boston this year, and only his 4th on the season. He was amazing too, going 8 innings with 6 strikeouts and giving up only one run, which came off a 2nd inning moon blast by Mark Trumbo. The Sox just looked amateur all night. Kevin Gausman was baffling the line up having them swinging outside the zone and just missing pitches when they were in the zone, he racked up 6 ks and got 11 groundball outs.
The Sox can not let this happen again, especially when your top guy is on the mound delivering you a gem. Boston will be hosting their all-time rivals the Yankees next, for a four game series, and they absolutely can not afford to lose this series. The lead is not big enough, and this division is too good to be hitting any speed bumps along the way. I hope John Farrel can get his team back on track, and finish this season strong.