What can you say about last night’s game? It was another loss for the Sox and one can safely say that the offense has not only cooled off but are solid blocks of ice. The Sox managed only one hit in 10 innings and the pen blew another one. Still, the pen pitched the whole game and did pretty well until the 10th. Joe Kelly, the starting pitcher went out in the 1st inning with some sort of shoulder injury, so the pen pitched pretty much the whole game and did fine. The score was 0-0 until the top of the 10th, when Barnes gave up 3 runs and then in the bottom of the 10th the Sox went down 1-2-3 for the 9th time in 10 innings.
I hope the offense gets it together soon. You can say that Smiley for the Rays pitched a great game and that may be so, but the Sox can’t seem to hit at all for the last three games or so. They have now lost 3 in a row and if the offensive woes continue, may be at the beginning of a slide into the cellar of the division like last season.
It seems when one aspect of the game, like the pitching, is going well the offense struggles and when the offense is going well, the pitching struggles, which results in losing many games. If the Sox can get both aspects of the game going well at the same time, they will be a force to be reckoned with. If not they, will be at the bottom again.
If things continue as they are going, there isn’t much hope for the season. To think, just 3 games ago, I was feeling pretty good about the team, but the offense has been so poor the last 3 games that I now feel like all is lost. Can they get it together again or is this the beginning of the end, as they say.
This is baseball, one cannot really tell what is going to happen, but they need to get it together now or they may find themselves too far behind once they crawl out of the funk the offense is in. Well, they are not in too bad shape right now and tomorrow is another day. Let’s see how they do today. Can they bounce back from such a dismal offensive performance last night.
I noticed that Noe Ramirez was sent down and Hembree was brought up. Hembree did well last night, pitching 3.1 innings with no runs, but I would have got rid of Barnes and not Ramirez. I’m sure that if Barnes continues to pitch like he did last night, he is next for Pawtucket. They should give Ramirez another chance before the season is out.
Pitching is not really the problem right now and we will have to see who fills Kelly’s spot in the rotation. He is no great loss, if you ask me. He probably belongs in the bullpen, at any rate, not in the starting rotation, although he did well in his last outing.
It’s Porcello on the hill tonight. If he gets some offensive support, we may be able to pull out a win. One can only hope. We’ll see. Go Sox.