With only a half hour or so between games, the Sox had little time to dwell on their disappointing loss in the series opener vs St. Louis. Unfortunately the offense wasn’t much better from a base-hit standpoint, dropping the second game 6-3.
Dingers. The Sox took a 3-1 lead after four innings, registering only two hits. Both of those hits were dongs. Luis Robert hit one in the third, and Eloy Jimenez hit his team-leading sixth the opposite way for a go-ahead two-run dong in the fourth. If you’re only gonna get a couple hits, make ’em count. Just ask LFO.
Matt Foster. Foster got the start and pitched two clean innings, with two strikeouts. Codi Heuer followed that up with a clean third. Zack Burdi followed, and only allowed a solo home run.
The bullpen. The loss of Aaron Bummer to injury seems to be rearing its ugly head, as the Sox needed three pitchers to get through the fifth inning, as St. Louis scored 4 runs in the frame to take a 5-3 lead. They allowed one more, making a 3-run deficit almost too much to bear given the paltry offense.
The offense. It doesn’t matter how many innings a game is, you usually don’t win many when you only get three hits. This inconsistency is a sign of a young team, still learning to win in the major leagues. It may not pay off in the postseason this year, but their trial by fire should start paying dividends as soon as next year.
The Sox will try to salvage game three tomorrow at noon, and until then, I might drink as many beers as the Sox got hit today. Might not be enough to induce a hangover though…