Red Sox: Streak over as Addison Reed fails to hold down 8th inning

The Boston Red Sox trade deadline addition Addison Reed falters in New York blowing 3 – 0 lead eventually blowing game 5 – 4 in the Bronx

The Red Sox went into the Bronx tonight carrying an eight game win streak and a 4 1/2 game lead over their division rivals Yankees. Going into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Sox led the Bronx Bombers 3 – 0 before Addison Reed came into the game. What was usually a customary job done by him turned out to be his worst performance of 2017.

Reed surrendered four earned runs on two hits while also walking one and allegedly hitting another batter. While the hit batsman didn’t look like a true HBP, the Yankees led off the inning with that followed by a quick two run homer by Aaron Hicks who returned from the disabled list. At that moment, I would have considered pulling Reed out of the game, you’re now up by a lone run with Aaron Judge on deck.

It took Red Sox skipper John Farrell four batters to finally come out and get his man out. What was worse about Reed’s performance? He failed to register a single out. He ERA now soars from 2.45 to 12.27. Yuck. It was so bad that it was the same number of runs that Reed allowed in both June and July as a member of the Mets.

Joe Kelly came in to relieve Reed where he gave up the tying run and go ahead runs. The Yankees now led the Sox 5 – 3 with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Fernando Abad came in to finish the inning but by then, the damage had already been done.

It was going to be very hard if not impossible to come back against flame throwing right hander Aroldis Chapman. What were the odds of seeing him fail again? It almost happened a second time and this time would have been gut wrenching as it was in the Bronx. Chapman hasn’t had the best luck in 2017 against the Red Sox. Maybe he could have fallen again. Better closers have failed in New York. 2004 anybody?

Farrell’s failure to use Kimbrel

Could Farrell have changed the game up a little bit and brought in Craig Kimbrel? He had done it before bringing him in for the hold situation. Why not do it again? Kimbrel in Kelly’s situation would have maybe allowed a run with two runs being the maximum. The Sox would have eventually tied the game in the top of the 9th inning 4 – 4 hypothetically of course leading the Yankees to face off against perhaps Kelly unless Kimbrel went out for two innings. Surely the Red Rocket could do it again.

The Sox by right, should have won this game. With a spectacular performance by Eduardo Rodriguez all for naught, Reed will be remembered for blowing this game. While E-Rod scattered just two hits, allowing zero runs, over six innings and also struck out eight Yankees, it meant nothing in the end without the victory. Rodriguez threw 67 of his 107 pitches for strikes commanding the zone all night long. Such a shame.

Eduardo and Eduardo Show?

One of these nights I’m sure we’re going to have the Eduardo and Eduardo Show. One dominating on the mound while the other single-handedly puts the team on his shoulders. It would certainly make for a great video on SportsCenter or NESN. For now the Red Sox will hope to get back on track after a tough road loss.

The Sox will play game two of a three game set tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM Eastern. Drew Pomeranz will take the bump against Luis Severino. Pomeranz will be in search of his career best 12th win on the season.


Photo Credit – Associated Press


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