April spoils have brought May turmoil.
The Red Sox have now lost four out of their last five, and their pitching looks as thin as ever. There was no consolation prize either – David Ortiz went 0-5, ending his 27 game hitting streak.
Here are the Four Bases:
First Base: To say the least, Allen Webster‘s start was not the one that John Farrell was looking for. Despite his very acceptable major league debut, Webster looked a little out of his league. Lucky for Farrell, Félix Doubront was slated to start today, so the 5 1/3 innings that he threw were in line with his rhythm. Now the question becomes what happens to that rotation spot from this point forward.
Second Base: Speaking of Doubront, he once again pitched himself into a short outing. Farrell needed innings to fill the deficit innings, and he could just not deliver. He has now given up double digit hits in two consecutive outings, proving that he is not fooling anyone on the mound. His starting spot was in jeopardy when he was in it, and now he might not even get his spot back.
Third Base: Even with the big loss, the Red Sox still scored a decent amount of runs. They can thank Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, and Jonny Gomes for that. Gomes was able to clear the bases on his first swing in the top of the first, which tied the game at four a piece at the time. The two top of the order hitters hit a combined 5-for-9 with four runs. By the way, Victorino and Pedroia both hitting over .300 out of the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively.
Home Plate: The Stephen Drew critics can now wind back a little more. He has quietly now reached base in 10 consecutive games with his 2-for-4 night tonight, and has raised is average to more-respectable .244. What’s also good? He has yet to commit an error so far this year.
Beyond the Diamond… After their collision in the third inning of Tuesday’s game, Will Middlebrooks and David Ross were both unavailable tonight. Both are considered day-to-day for now… Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has reported that Joel Hanrahan‘s MRI results are in the hands of notable orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The MRI showed no structural damage, but there is a strain where the tendon meets the joint, according to Lauber… Orlando Cepeda, the first Red Sox designated hitter in franchise history, was at the ballpark tonight. Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter ever to take the plate, was with Cepeda…
Minor League Scoreboard
Pawtucket Red Sox 4, Gwinnett Braves 1
W – Terry Doyle (3-2), L – Yohan Flande (1-3), SV – Anthony Carter (3)
Reading Fightin Phils 4, Portland Sea Dogs 10
W – Drake Britton (3-2), L – David Buchanan (1-4)
HR – Miguel Abreu REA (1)
Carolina Mudcats vs. Salem Red Sox Postponed (Rain)
Greenville Drive 3, West Virginia Power 7
W – Thomas Harlan (1-0), L – Cody Kukuk (2-3)HR – Mookie Betts GRN (3), Josh Bell WV (5)
Greenville Drive 6, West Virginia Power 7
W – Joely Rodriguez (2-2), L – Jason Garcia (2-2), SV – Bryton Tepagnier (2)
(Photos Courtesy of Elise Amendola / Associated Press)