First impressions from the Boston Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres:
The bottom of the order proves pivotal again.
Boston’s 7-8-9 batters were 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts against Edwin Jackson. But once he came out, and both Chris Young and Aaron Hill pinch-hit, the game took a turn.
Unfortunately, Sandy Leon and Xander Bogaerts couldn’t do their job to get the game-tying run across after Dustin Pedroia chipped in, moving Hill to third base.
Edwin Jackson made the Red Sox look silly.
The 32-year-old righty had everything working in his 11-strikeout, seven-inning performance against Boston.
He’s always been known for having good “stuff” but not necessarily having great control. Well he had enough of both to set the Padres’ 2016 game-high for strikeouts, previously held by Drew Pomeranz with 10 K’s.
Yoan Moncada had a day to forget at the dish.
For those who didn’t know, Moncada batted seventh for the Sox Monday -- so he was the one who Jackson picked on most.
After posted multi-hit games in his first two MLB starts, the third baseman couldn’t put a ball in play.
Jackson’s the type of pitcher that can happen against, given he’s inconsistent with his control, making him tougher to plan against.
Plus, Moncada’s not going to get a hit everyday.
Boston wasted another first place opportunity.
The Red Sox entered Sunday with another chance to take first place, but couldn’t take advantage of it.
When the Red Sox continue to get chances to share first in the AL East or separate themselves from the Blue Jays, but can’t take advantage of the opportunities.
Joe Kelly looked good in his first high leverage situation since rejoining Boston.
He still requires some growth, but Kelly’s been an arm of interest at the back of the bullpen this year.
Kelly’s electric fastball adds to the intrigue, not to mention the bullpen could use a pitcher who’s capable of pitching against righties and lefties.
Monday was a good situation to give Kelly a test run and start building his confidence.