Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Game 22: Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (April 25, 2018)

So this is what a losing streak feels like...

The Red Sox hit Toronto on Tuesday to begin a three game series with the Blue Jays hoping to halt their two-game skid from Oakland. The Jays started off the season strong but had just lost three of four to the Yankees heading into this series so they seemed ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, the Red Sox couldn't take advantage of that. Rick Porcello brought his flawless record to the game but gave up three runs in the second inning that really put the Sox in a hole and would ultimately cost them. For the rest of the game, he was fantastic, striking out nine over seven innings. A Hanley Ramirez RBI in the sixth got the Sox on the board and in the ninth they scored two on RBI singles from Eduarado Nunez and Brock Holt to tie it at three. However, bad base running, which continues to plague the Red Sox, reared its head as Nunez and his balky knee were sent from third base where he was tagged out erasing the possible winning run. It came back to haunt them as in the tenth inning, Craig Kimbrel gave up a solo home run to Curtis Granderson which gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 win.

With a 17-5 record, it's certainly still a great start to the season for the Red Sox, but the sudden lack of production at the plate over the last three games is starting to be a little cause for concern. While the team isn't going to be as good over the course of the entire season as they were in the first month, they're also not going to look as bad as they have the last few games. With as young as this team is, their best players have been around long enough to also qualify as being "veteran" so I'm sure this is little more than an early season bump in the road for them. I'm more interested in seeing how Alex Cora handles this first challenge in his young managerial career. Given how the first month of the season has gone, I'm confident he'll right the ship quickly. Game two of this series is as good a place as any to start! 

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