Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1 8 2 Blue Jays - 110 301 10x - 7 9 1Different day, same ineffective pitching/hitting.
Joe Kelly (5.2-4-6-7-3, 113) was horrible right out of the gate. He walked three men in the first inning, allowed a single, committed a throwing error, and yet by leaving the bases loaded, he escaped with allowing only one run. Boston has been outscored in the first inning this season 24-9 - a big reason it always feels like the team is trailing.
Toronto's second inning was pretty much a repeat of the first, with a single, two walks, another Kelly error (this time interfering with a runner on his way to first); again, Toronto left the sacks full having scored only one run. Kelly threw 65 pitches in the two innings.
Kelly had a quick, seven-pitch third inning - giving fans the hope that he might have settled down - he issued two more walks in the fourth, along with surrendering a mammoth three-run bomb to Edwin Encarnacion. Jays 5-0.
The Red Sox collected eight hits, but still could not capitalize with men on base. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts singled in the third, but, with one out, Dustin Pedroia fanned on a pitch in the dirt and David Ortiz flied to short left. In the fourth, Boston had runners at second and third and one out. Nothing happened as Allen Craig hit a soft liner to shortstop and Bogaerts grounded out.
The Red Sox actually scored in the fifth, but again, it could have been a more productive inning. With one out, Betts doubled. Pedroia singled to right, scoring Betts. Ortiz sliced a single to left and Pedroia stopped at second. Hanley Ramirez flied to right and, after Pablo Sandoval walked to load the bases, Napoli (as the potential tying run) also flied to right.
After the game, manager John Farrell hinted that a roster shakeup may be coming.
Betts, CFThe Red Sox have hired Carl Willis as their pitching coach. Willis, who had been working with the Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's AAA team, previously worked with Cleveland (2003-09) and Seattle (2010-13).
From Elias: Boston is 4-for-52 with men in scoring position over its last seven games, after suffering through a 4-for-51 stretch over seven games in mid-April and a 4-for-57 rut in seven games last August. Before last year, the Red Sox hadn't had a stretch of seven games in which they had 50 at-bats with men in scoring position but fewer than four hits since 1999, and before that, 1966.