For the fifth game in a row the Red Sox looked terrible, this time falling 8-6 to the Detroit Tigers on a night that was supposed to be a low-scoring affair.
With Jon Lester and Max Scherzer going against each other, I would have been hard-pressed to believe that the pitchers would combine to give up 23 hits. Unfortunately for Red Sox Nation, Scherzer was the better man last night as Lester only pitched 4.2 innings and allowed five runs on 12 hits.
It was refreshing to see some life from Boston’s offense, but of course it wasn’t enough to bail out their ace. Dustin Pedroia hit his third homer of the season, and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. If he gets it going and John Farrell finds the right balance, then maybe (maybe?!?!) the BoSox offense can contribute to this year’s team. Wouldn’t that be nice?!?!
The Tigers had three different players with three hits including all-world hitter Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has really pummeled the Red Sox so far this season and may not get a chance for redemption in the playoffs because the Sox may not get there.
This loss now moves Boston 10 games behind the torrid Toronto Blue Jays and the club is starting to get into some dangerous territory. Yes they are only five games out of the second wildcard spot and it is early, but there are now a ton of teams in between them and that playoff position. They will need John Lackey to have a solid start to try and end this latest losing-streak and get some momentum heading into the next series.