Well, the Sox dropped another one. That’s 3 out of the last 4. Bradley hit a homer in the 2nd to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. Bogaerts extended his streak to 14 games, but the Sox did little else. They managed only 6 hits and were basically shut down by Cleveland pitching. Buchholz had his typical 1 bad inning but it was all the Indians would need to get the win. The final was 4-2.
It may not be much to worry about yet but the team has lost 3 of 4 and dropped to only 8 games above .500. They are now a full game out of first in the division and only 3.5 games ahead of 3rd place Tampa Bay. If the losing trend continues, they may find themselves in 3rd before long. We all knew some losing would occur, but let’s hope they are not setting a trend that will continue for a while.
The bats have definitely cooled off and we may see this for a while. It is time for the pitching to pick them up and win some games for a change. Giving up 4 runs in one inning and consequentially losing the game will not get the job done. We need some good starting pitching and we need it now.
Kelly is coming off the DL and is on the mound tonight so we don’t really know what to expect. When he came off the DL last season he pitched great for the rest of the season. It would be good to see that out of him again, but so far he has the worst ERA among the starters. If he will pitch as he is capable and give us a quality start we have a good chance of winning tonight. We do need to get the bats going again a little bit, though, at least.
Well, no reason to panic yet, but we can only hope the team is not setting a trend in losing that will continue. It is a long season and we all knew there would be down trends at time, but hopefully they can snap out of it soon and begin to win again. Let’s just keep our heads up and continue to plug away. The sky is still the limit! Go Sox!