First impressions of the Red Sox 5-2 loss to Los Angeles:
Far too many missed opportunities for the Red Sox.
Hector Santiago somehow worked his way through five innings and only gave up two runs -- despite walking six batters and giving up six hits.
Somehow he’s flipped a switch in July after a rough start to the season. But Saturday night was not one of those nights.
Although the pitching wasn’t at it’s best, Santiago gave the Red Sox offense several easy chances at runs that they didn’t capitalize on -- including two instances where Bryce Brentz was punched-out.
Joe Kelly not the best guy to bring in with runners on.
The righty gave up a crucial double to start his appearance -- which would’ve been an amazing catch by Brock Holt.
Next leadoff batter he got out, but his last one reach on a line drive single up the middle.
So 67 percent of the leadoff batters got a hit off of Kelly.
A small sample size? Yes.
But when you’ve got a track record like Kelly’s, assessments like that are going to be made.
The return out west didn’t go as planned for Drew Pomeranz.
While Saturday was a Pacific Coast homecoming for the lefty starter, he wasn’t able to find his form.
It seemed like things would go well at first, but Pomeranz made some crucial mistakes in his second trip through the order.
Walking Yunel Escobar isn’t an option when Mike Trout and Albert Pujols follow him.
Furthermore, the cutter Pujols launched to left field was down the heart of the plate -- simply unacceptable.
Mookie Betts is making might be more valuable than Xander Bogaerts.
It became clear pretty early that Betts had the superior power.
While Bogaerts’ hands give bail him out constantly, they never move as quickly as those of the Boston leadoff hitter.
And while Bogaerts seemed to be the superior hitter for average, Betts is narrowing that gap, too.
The only case for Bogaerts being more valuable is that he’s a shortstop.
Other than that, Betts has shown he could easily be the face of the franchise when David Ortiz retires -- which is great for Boston, since he’s the one of the two who isn’t a Scott Boras client.
Red Sox fail to secure another series win against a bad team.
The Angels have no pitching. In fact, the Red Sox haven’t even faced their best pitcher.
And with the exception of Friday’s game, they’ve scored three runs in two LA games.
And the pitching was good until Saturday night -- so the offense has to get things going for Sunday.