BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 1-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles:
It only took 15 games at Fenway, but Rick Porcello actually has a loss at home.
In reality he still shouldn’t have one.
Mark Trumbo’s solo shot was the one mistake Porcello made all night. A change-up that caught to much middle wound up being the difference. A change-up that caught to much middle wound up being the difference.
He only gave up four hits, and didn’t walk anyone.
First time Boston’s lost at home with Porcello starting at home, first home loss he’s recorded since September 23 -- last year.
The Red Sox postseason stock almost plummeted with J. J. Hardy’s second-inning comebacker.
If you were at the game and looked away for a moment, you would’ve thought something life threatening had happened with the gasp the Fenway faithful let out.
They’re right to react that way, too.
As good as this team has been, without Rick Porcello, the Red Sox aren’t the in the driver’s seat in the AL East and poised to make a legitimate run in the playoffs.
Based of the reactions last night, there’s no doubt Sox fans are completely aware of that, too.
For all the flash Hanley Ramirez has with his home runs, his hustle has been equally important.
And that was a concern after how he’d played last season.
Although it was all for not in the seventh inning, Ramirez’s infield single, and advancing form first-to-third on Chris Young’s looping single gave the Red Sox a chance they easily could.
That’s the type of play Boston needs in games like Wednesday night’s, when they can’t seem to gain any traction.
The Orioles are still very much a problem for the Red Sox.
As much as their pitching hasn’t been a strong suit of late, Baltimore gave the Red Sox’ lineup plenty of problems in the second two games of the series, with Kevin Gausman dicing up Sox hitters Wednesday night.
The righty hit 97 mph as late as the 7th inning, but had great movement on his two-seam fastball, too -- sprinkling in his splitter and slider periodically. Either way, Red Sox were befuddled against a pitcher who’d given up 11 runs in his two outings -- spanning a combined eight innings -- against the Sox in 2016.
Either Gausman picked a good time to figure things out, or the Red Sox couldn’t execute their gameplan against him.
Another close-game loss for the Red Sox.
The narrative continues for the offense: when it rains, it pours.
That goes both ways, too.
Boston was in it the entire game, but couldn’t move past Mark Trumbo’s second-inning home run, or Baltimore’s pitching.
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