By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, the Sox bats went quiet at an inopportune time last night as they fell 3-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays. After taking the first game of the three-game set, the Sox looked to be in position for a sweep. They had Rick Porcello on the mound and will have Chris Sale going today. All Porcello needed to do was bounce back from a terrible outing last Friday and the Sox would probably be able to grab another win from the struggling Jays.
Porcello certainly did his job, but his teammates couldn’t keep up their end of the bargain at the plate or in the field behind him. A throwing error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval and a fielding error by first baseman Mitch Moreland allowed all three unearned runs to score in the second inning. Sandoval’s error was his third in 12 games, which raises concerns about his ability to play the field.
Sandoval hasn’t been as big of an embarrassment this season as in the last two seasons with Boston, but his play at third base is continuing to be a problem. On the other hand, Mitch Moreland’s error was unexpected because of his status as a Gold Glover. Regardless, the Red Sox were giving away extra outs to a team that can take advantage and punish you for it. That’s always a recipe for disaster.
Porcello’s final line was seven innings pitched with six hits allowed and three unearned runs. He also struck out five, walked one and most importantly kept the ball down. The former Cy Young award winner deserved a better fate for the game he pitched, but he took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year.
On the other side, the Blue Jays pitchers kept the Red Sox at bay. Between starter Francisco Liriano and relievers Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna, they only allowed six hits and gave up zero runs while striking out nine batters. One of those strikeouts was by Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts, who hadn’t struck out in 129 plate appearances dating back to September 12th.
The Sox bats never really got much of a threat going and they were kept off balance all day. It was Toronto’s first shutout of the season and the first time the Sox have been held scoreless since September 14th. The only bright side to that is that maybe the Red Sox will get some runs for Chris Sale today in the series finale. Sale hasn’t received much run support so far this year, but he barely has needed it considering he doesn’t give up much when he’s on the bump.
First pitch today is at 12:37 p.m. and Sale will be opposed by Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.