'What We Learned': Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Mariners
SEATTLE -- Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners . . .
1) The Red Sox are 3-4 on this trip, and pitching isn't the issue
Rick Porcello gave up three runs in eight innings. The night before, David Price shut out the Mariners for seven innings. On Monday, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed a single run in 6 1/3 innings.
Don't blame the starters.
No, this recent rut is on the hitters. In the seven games so far in Anaheim and Seattle, the Red Sox are hitting a collective .211.
They had some well-timed hits in Anaheim Sunday and here Monday to
pull out two twins, but otherwise, the big hits have been very hard to
For the road trip, the Sox are just 6-for-41 with runners in scoring position, for a paltry .147 average.
On Wednesday night, they only three opportunities with runners in scoring position through the first eight innings. It's hards to win games like that.
Both Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz have run into slumps, and Hanley Ramirez is probably out for a couple of more days. Without contributions from the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup, it's no surprise the Sox are scuffling.
2) For a change, Rick Porcello couldn't stop a losing streak
Entering Wednesday, Porcello had been 6-0 in games following a Red Sox loss.
There was reason for optimism, then, with Porcello on the mound in the third game of the series. He got burned on a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the second, but that was all the damage done against him through five innings, during which time the Mariners had just one other baserunner (on a walk).
Solo homers in the sixth and seventh finally sealed the deal, but Porcello kept the Sox in the game, as he so often has this season.
He even delivered a complete game, going eighth innings in the loss. But with the offense sputtering, he got no backing.
That, too, was something of a surprise: entering Wednesday, Porcello had averaged 7.47 runs per start in support, easily the best backing of any Sox starter with more than five starts this season.
3) Hanley Ramirez vowed it wouldn't be long that he would be sidelined
In a freak fall, Ramirez slipped on the dugout steps immediately after the game Tuesday and suffered a sprained wrist.
Ramirez, with a soft brace on the left wrist, spoke with reporters after Wednesday's loss and sounded determined to return to the lineup as early as Thursday.
That's highly unlikely, but it wouldn't be out of the question that Ramirez could play Friday or Saturday in L.A.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow,'' said Ramirez. "If it's good, I'll be in the lineup. There's a lot of soreness in there, but I'm a little bit better after treatment. I'll get here early tomorrow and see how it feels. I'll just come back and do whatever it takes to be ready.''
Ramirez said he didn't have much swelling in the area -- just soreness.
"I want to be back in the lineup,'' he said. "That's what I'm here for. It's not fun when I'm sitting and just watching the game from the bench. That's not me.''
The Sox would welcome Ramirez back at a time when he's hot -- with six homers in the last 13 games.