Another win streak snapped, but this one is more on the fact that they ran into one of the best pitchers in baseball. They still are ending their May much better than they started, and have improved their May record to 14-13.
Also, hats off to Jeff Bauman, who threw out the first pitch from a wheelchair after he survived the Marathon explosions.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: An offense that was fairly consistent in April is a lot more spotty in May. Whenever they have won by a margin greater than five this month, they have gone 2-2, scoring three runs, four runs, seven runs, and one run in those four games. You could charge this one to Cliff Lee and his, well, Cliff Lee-nes. By the same token, wouldn’t it be nice to take the momentum from one game and use it to the next?
Second Base: Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance as a non-Red Sock since leaving Boston for Philadelphia. He did get kind of a mixed reaction, but why? What did he do wrong? He signed with the Phillies right when free-agency started partly because there was no concrete offer. At that point, the Red Sox did not even have a manager, and had just gone through a monumental collapse. In that circumstance, why wouldn’t he leave?
Third Base: The result tonight looks better, but the concern is still the same with Ryan Dempster. Seven innings and two runs looks good, but wait, there’s more. Three more walks, which now makes 13 in his last three starts. He has not had a start where he has not walked anybody, and only two starts he has walked only one batter. Dempster has not had the best walk rate – 4.0 walks per nine for his career – but that changed when he was a starter. His success hinges on his control, and it is out of whack.
Home Plate: John Farrell has limited Craig Breslow to mop-up duty since he came off the disabled list, but could he be ready for a bigger role? There are only two outings he has given up a run, and his clean inning on Tuesday was his fourth clean inning in 2013. The Red Sox have been hard pressed for late-inning relievers, so maybe this is the window he needs to take on bigger responsibilities.
Beyond the Diamond: One player that was available to pitch is Franklin Morales, as the Red Sox activated him from the 15-Day Disabled List Tuesday. Alfredo Aceves was the consequential move, giving Aceves just a short cup of coffee after he went six innings in yesterday’s game…
Minor League Scoreboard
Triple A:Pawtucket Red Sox 2, Indianapolis Indians 7 | Box Score
W – Ryan Reid (5-1), L – Terry Doyle (3-5), SV – Erik Cordier (1)
HR – Jared Goedert IND 2 (7), Jeff Larish IND (1), Tony Sanchez (5)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs 3 | Box Score
W – Randy Boone (1-0), L – Keith Couch (3-2), SV – Joel Carreno (7)
HR – Kevin Pillar NH (5), Adam Loewen NH (4)
Salem Red Sox 5, Potomac Nationals 4 | Box Score
W – Matt Price (2-0), L – Cameron Selik (0-1)
HR – Henry Ramos SAL (3)
Savannah Sand Gnats 8, Greenville Drive 3 | Box Score
W – Julian Hilario (3-2), L – Jacob Dahlstrand (0-1)
HR – Eudy Pina GRN (5)
(Photos Courtesy of Elise Amendola/Associated Press)