In the rubber match of their three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox were shut out 6-0 by Wei-Yin Chen and company at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.
Boston leaves the series with Baltimore having scored one run in three games, somehow managing not to get swept. Those offensive numbers are, for a lack of a better word, offensive. I can’t remember any Red Sox team that went into Baltimore and brought a knife to a gun fight.
Chen and the bullpen allowed only four hits, two to Dustin Pedroia, and struck out eight Red Sox hitters. Rubby De La Rosa wasn’t awful for the BoSox, tossing 5.2 innings and giving up four earned runs while striking out seven, showing some of his electric stuff.
Outside of Brock Holt at the top of the lineup, whose 10-game hitting-streak ended tonight, no hitter in the lineup had a batting average over .279. The hitting woes just get worse and worse for the club and they are in desperate need of replacements for guys like Jeremy Herrera and Jackie Bradley Jr.
I just continue to feel bad for the pitchers. These guys aren’t going 4-5 innings, and giving up six or seven runs. They are keeping the Sox in games through the first six innings and normally the bullpen hasn’t allowed games to get out of hand, perhaps with the exception last night.
Cleveland comes to town to start a series on Thursday night with Josh Tomlin facing off against Jon Lester. At this rate, Lester will have to give up nothing to try and grab his seventh win of the year, and the pressure is mounting on the starting rotation to be perfect every time out.
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