Found June 12, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
The Boston Red Sox have usually been able to bounce back from extra inning games, as they were 3-and-1 after extra inning games the night before coming into Tuesday’s Game. Well, coming back out after a 14-inning is a whole different ballgame. The Red Sox did get eight hits, but none of them went for extra bases. They just looked, well flat. Here are the four bases: First Base: What is going on on the mound in Tampa Bay? Jon Lester struggled on Tuesday, going just four innings and giving up seven runs, eight hits and three walks. Just like John Lackey last night, Lester struggled with the command of his pitches, and the Rays made him pay. Taking a look back at who has faced the Rays, the only starter that has had success against the rays in the last five days is Jason Hammel, who still got tagged with the loss. The Rays are bringing the worst out of the pitchers they are facing, making them a really tough out. Second Base: Red Sox batters struck out nine more times last night, seven of which came from Roberto Hernandez. The Red Sox now have 556 strikeouts in 2013, the third worse in the major leagues. The macro view of this problem is the strike outs have not affected their overall performance. The micro view is that the Red Sox lineup is inconsistent; they scored 10 runs yesterday Monday, eight runs on Tuesday. If the rotation continues to struggle, the Red Sox will need to score at least five runs to give the mound a little more cushion. That can happen, but consistency makes it happen. Third Base: Jacoby Ellsbury‘s groin must be feeling better. The center fielder now has six stolen bases in his last four games, which is astounding considering he was day-to-day five games ago. He now has 27 stolen bases on the season, and he has gotten 12 of them in his last six games. Ellsbury now has a ten game hitting streak, and as long has he gets on first, you can bet that he’ll try to go to second. Home Plate: Are home runs becoming a problem? The Red Sox have given up six home runs in their last two games to the rays, and Lester gave up three in his start last night. The Red Sox are now fifth-worst in home runs allowed in the American League with 74 dingers off of Sox pitchers. The Red Sox have a lot of “fly ball pitchers,” so it makes sense that they will be prone to the long ball. Beyond the Diamond… Clayton Mortensen was put on the 15-Day Disabled list earlier Tuesday so Jose De La Torre could be an ice pack to the bullpen after the 14-inning game Monday. This looks more like the “he’s been terrible” disabled list than anything, but this could also be the spot where Alfredo Aceves, announced as the starter Wednesday, could sneak onto the roster as well. The problem comes with the fact that Mortensen has to stay on the roster for two weeks, which means someone needs to fill that spot. Minor League Scoreboard Triple A: Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Syracuse Chiefs Postponed (Rain) Double A: Erie SeaWolves vs. Portland Sea Dogs Postponed (Rain) High A: Wilmington Blue Rocks 1, Salem Red Sox 3 | Box Score W – William Cuevas (2-6), L – Tyler Sample (0-2), SV – Nate Striz (4) Low A: Charleston RiverDogs 8, Greenville Drive 4 | Box Score W – Alex Smith (3-3), L – Sergio Gomez (0-1) HR – Jake Cave CHA (1), Kevin De Leon CHA (4) (Photos Courtesy of Brian Blanco/Associated Press) The post Four Bases: Red Sox 3, Rays 8 appeared first on The Nosebleeds.
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