The Boston Red Sox bullpen had been lock down for 29 straight games – last game didn’t offer the same success as they blow the game open
29 straight games. That’s how many games the Sox had won after leading after the 7th inning. The Sox pen had also gone over 20 games without allowing a run. All that ended last night when the Red Sox put on the first three batters via the walk and then surrendering the four bagger.
Matt Barnes started off the inning walking the first batters, Robby Scott took over and walked the next batter and then gave up a grand slam to Salvador Perez, the first of his career. A happy moment for Royals fans, an ugly one for the Sox. Still is it really any reason to be truly upset? It’s the first time our bullpen had let us down in a while.
Barnes saw his ERA rise from 3.48 to 3.91 and Scott saw his minuscule ERA jump a whole run from 1.56 to 2.60. It’s the first time this month that Barnes has allowed multiple runs and the first time this season that Ross had given up multiple runs. A game will escape them (bullpen) from time to time. Now, if this happens regularly, then we’ll have problems but since this isn’t the norm, I don’t think we have anything to worry about.
The Sox had just gotten into 1st place in the American League East, but after last night’s loss and the Yankees win, they swapped spots by a half game. The Yankees weren’t gonna lose an 8th straight game. They were due for a win and Sox fans know how much better our team could get once certain players come off the disabled list.
Several had spoke about the amount of innings their pen had put in. Craig Kimbrel didn’t want to pitch more than an inning. I would hope that at this point, they listen to the best closer in baseball, he’s doing his job. It’s best to not over tax him in June when we’re hoping to be able to use him in October.
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