What a hard game to watch, on so many levels. Jose Quintana was-unhittable through six, and then the Red Sox could not cash in on chances in the seventh and eighth innings.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: Surprisingly, the most efficient start for Félix Doubront this year. It was interesting that John Farrell pulled the lefty out after 84 pitches, which could mean that the Sox manager could be changing his role or saving him for something. Regardless, two walks over six innings was a good bounce back after having six in his last outing. Growth? We’ll see.
Second Base: Speaking of Farrell decisions, what would you have done in the eighth inning when the Red Sox were down one run? Farrell decided to stick with Alex Wilson, and the right hander gave up the insurance run that made the game seem more out of reach. The only thing that made sense was that Wilson had not pitched in the two previous games. It’s a small decision now, but one that could have more meaning come September.
Third Base: What a tantalizing game for the offense. No-hit through six and a third innings, and then when runners are in scoring position, the Red Sox go 1-for-6. Dustin Pedroia‘s 12-game hitting streak came to an end, and the bottom of the order went 0-for-6. Just when the offense is firing on all cylinders, the fire goes out. Luckily, it’s may, it has time to come back on.
Home Plate: What Robin Ventura is doing to the Red Sox liking is using Matt Thorton in crucial situations. He has given up three runs in one inning of work, and made two appearances in the eighth inning. This is great! A pitcher that has an ERA over 4.00 in his career against the Red Sox pitching in crucial parts! Well, it has at least made these two losses interesting, right?
Beyond the Diamond… There has been one starter that the Red Sox can still use, one starter that can come in Doubront’s starting slot. His name is Franklin Morales, and his rehab start on Thursday could be his last rehab start. Morales has been dealing with left shoulder issues all year, and he could soon make a Red Sox reappearance…
Minor League Scoreboard
Indianapolis Indians 8, Pawtucket Red Sox 9 | Boxscore
W – Pedro Beato (3-1), L – Andy Oliver (3-2), SV – Anthony Carter (6)
HR – Bryce Brenz PAW (8), Jerry Sands IND (3), Tony Sanchez IND (4), Jared Goedert IND (6)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 5 | Boxscore
W – Keith Couch (2-1), L – Deck McGuire (2-4), SV – Brock Huntzinger (9)
HR – Michael Almanzar POR (8)
Winston-Salem Dash 11, Salem Red Sox 1 | Boxscore
W – Chris Bassitt (5-1), L – William Cuevas (1-5)
HR – Jeremy Farrell WS (7)
Greenville Drive 2, Hickory Crawdads 7 | Boxscore
W – Sam Stafford (1-4), L – Francisco Taveras (0-2)
HR – Ryan Rua HICK 2 (13)
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