You have to feel for Andrew Miller, who for the second night in a row was tagged with the loss after his own throwing-error, giving the Rays a 6-5 victory over the depressing Red Sox.
The man who had the game-winning hit last night scored to the deciding-run. Cole Figueroa has been a thrown in both Boston’s and Andrew Miller’s side so far in this weekend set with the Rays, and it may be time to give Miller a bit of a break when it comes to pitching at these junctures.
The Sox built up a five-run lead in the first inning, and then decided not to score any runs for the next 14, putting a decent amount of pressure on starter Jake Peavy and bullpen that has been asked to do a lot so far this season.
Prior to the game-ending play, the ‘pen had thrown 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, as the Red Sox were trying desperately to win their first game since closer to the beginning of May. Again, we can point to the issues on offense as to why the Sox couldn’t win this one.
The team is 9th in the league in on-base percentage, yet they are 20th in runs scored, so what does that mean? No timely hitting. It will come Nation, it will come. And with Brandon Workman (a personal favorite) on the hill tomorrow in the series finale against the Rays, it will be another day to see if the offense can turn it around, or at least hit with runners on base to make these losses a bit more bearable.