Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to the Mariners
SEATTLE -- Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Seattle. . .
1) It's likely that David Ortiz is having the best season a 40-year-old has ever had
Ortiz was 1-for-3 Tuesday night, with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBI. No big deal, right?
Well, not exactly.
Ortiz now holds the record for most doubles in a season (36) by a player 40 or older. He also tied Dave Winfield for the most number of extra-base hits for a 40-year-old with 62 -- and there are still almost two full months remaining in the season.
Ortiz has 25 homers to date. The record for players at 40 is Darrell Evans, who hit 34 in 1987. There's a decent chance he can beat that, just as he's almost certain to top Winfield's mark of 108 RBI in 1992 (Ortiz has 87 with another 57 games left).
The Red Sox DH also currently holds the best slugging percentage for a 40-year old player, as well as the best OPS, too.
2) As demoralizing as the two losses the Red Sox have suffered in games started by David Price on this trip, he's showing encouraging signs
Price shutout the Angels over eighth innings last Thursday in the opener of the trip, then watched as the Angels scored twice in the ninth to steal the game.
On Tuesday, Price had tossed seven shutout innings and allowed three hits. In the eighth, he hung a breaking pitch to Mike Zunino to open the eighth, resulting in a solo homer.
Then, he was victimized by two flares into the outfield and a ground ball single, leading 4-2 after he left. But Fernando Abad's hanging breaking ball to Robinson Cano hung two more earned runs on Price as the Sox against lost what Farrell labeled "a bit of a gut punch.''
But Price has kept the opponents off the scoreboard in 15 of his last 16 innings.
"I thought he was great,'' said Dustin Pedroia. "He's throwing the ball great the last few starts. They found some holes there late.''
Price lamented throwing Zunino a first-pitch curve ball, but said: "With the exception of that, I made good pitches for the most part. I'm expecting better right now and that's good.''
3) We likely have seen the last of Blake Swihart this season
The Red Sox had held out some hope that Swihart might be ready to begin a rehab assignment when the Sox return home from this trip, but Swihart still feels some discomfort in his left ankle.
He's been out since June 5 -- almost exactly two months -- and the improvement in the ankle has been minimal.
The Red Sox haven't ruled out Swihart needing surgery on the ankle, which would further complicate his off-season and, perhaps, even his availability for the start of spring training in February.
This has largely a lost season for Swihart. It's almost easy to forget that he began the year as the team's starting catcher. Since then, he's seen Sandy Leon pass him on the catching depth chart, and with the recent promotion of Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez's presence still, it's difficult to see where he fits in to the Red Sox future plans.