Game 72: Red Sox at Seattle Mariners (June 16, 2018)

What is it that I always say about how "if your starting pitcher only gives up one run, you'd damn well better win the game?" And how many times have I written that this season? Far too many if you ask me, and the Red Sox gave me another reason to fume on this tangent. On a day when I had to coach my son's travel team in a doubleheader on an absolutely scorching hot and humid day, I was looking forward to cooling off in the AC and watching the Sox bounce back from the previous night's debacle and win this one against the M's, but they obviously had other more unfortunate plans.

There's really not too much to write about with this one. Steven Wright was again fantastic, pitching seven solid innings and only giving up a single run in the third inning on an RBI single from Nelson Cruz. Wright gave up that single run on five hits while striking out four and walking two. Unfortunately, for whatever reason Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc completely stymied the Red Sox offense. He only gave up two hits (yes, you read that correctly...TWO hits) and struck out nine Boston batters without allowing a single walk over 7.2 innings. The only Sox who got on base were Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez, both of whom reached on singles. That's it. Game over, Seatttle won 1-0.

I know I had said going into this series that'd I'd be happy with a split, but if you look at this game and the blown victory from the previous night, the Sox could have (and should have) easily taken the first three games of this series. While they're still in great shape on the season overall, it's starting to get frustrating when they string together losses like this. I need to see them play with some urgency and some fire because I haven't seen that over these first three games in Seattle. Here's hoping they can salvage a split and win tomorrow's finale before heading off to Minnesota.