It looked like the Sox were going to lose for sure trailing 4-0 going into the top of the 8th. Somehow, they managed 5 runs, topped off by a Sandoval 3 run homer and took the lead! Unfortunately in the bottom of the inning the bullpen couldn’t hold on to the lead. Hembree started out great by striking out the first two big hitters, but then walked the next two and was taken out for a left on left match up with Scott who had to face a right handed pinch hitter anyway and gave up a double. He was then taken out for Kelly, who proceeded to walk two more and the Sox found themselves behind again. They almost recovered in the 9th with a big double by Moreland that put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out. Young then popped out and the game was over. The Sox had their first loss 6-5.
Give credit to the offense as they made their big comeback and then almost succeeded by coming back again in the 9th. Still, it looks like they can only score in bunches since in the 3 games so far they have scored all their runs in one inning each game. They had plenty of scoring chances in this one and didn’t take advantage of them. Let’s hope this doesn’t set the precedent for the whole season. They need to score as they go and not just in bunches. That will not get the job done as evidenced by this one.
Too, let’s hope the bullpen isn’t going to perform as they did in this one all season. They should have been able to keep the Tigers off the board and win this one, but they pitched horribly. Four walks and a double, all with two outs, won’t get the job done. They flat out blew this one and all but gave the lead back to the Tigers. It happens sometimes, but we don’t want to see more of it as we move forward.
It was good to see Moreland get a couple of knocks in this one. He had been without a hit in the first two, but went 2-5 with a run scored in this one. Too, it was good to see Sandoval get a big homer. He went 2-4 and looks like he may do us some good from his spot in the bottom of the order. He would have been the hero if the bullpen hadn’t been such goats!
Well, you win some, you lose some. They did not go down without a fight offensively, but we need better pitching overall to win going forward. Wright did not have a good game either, giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. I think we can expect more from him this season, but perhaps the cold conditions (lower 40’s) may have effected his grip on the knuckle ball. Unfortunately, he does not seem to do very well when conditions are not good. Still, I think we will see a good season out of him and he will improve in his next start.
Rodriquez starts next and we will see how he does. If he can keep us in the game we may pull out a win today. I am not sure what to expect from him. He has surely gotten some positive hype, but we shall see. We can only keep plugging along and hope for the best. If we can win 2 out 3 most of the time, we will do just fine. So far the team is 2-1. We shall see what the future holds. Anyway, Go Sox!