Bullpen crumbles yet again in stunning loss
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The Boston Red Sox seemed destined to beat Toronto for the second straight game. Boston held a 6-0 lead through three innings. A catastrophic 7th and 8th inning undid this cushion and the Red Sox went onto lose 8-7 to the Blue Jays.
Boston’s bullpen has been volatile all season. Saturday night was not the exception. After a surprising five innings of no run baseball from Brian Johnson, Boston’s bullpen did not even have many innings to screw up. Alas, screw up they did. Mike Shawaryn, one of the Red Sox top spot starting prospects, gave up three earned runs in the 7th. Cora called in Marcus Walden to clean up the mess but even he gave up a run.
Still, the Red Sox had a one-run lead heading into the 8th. Per usual, Matt Barnes was summoned into the most critical part of the game. In 2/3 of an inning, he gave up three runs to the punchless Blue Jays lineup. Barnes continues to sputter. His ERA has ballooned to 3.82 on the year.
Anyway, the Red Sox could not mount a comeback like they did the night before. Christian Vazquez is winning games on the strength of his bat alone. He lifted his 10th homerun of 2019 off Pesky Pole in the 3rd. If only he could pitch….
The Red Sox take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. eastern for the rubber match of the series. Rick Porcello will take the hill for Boston.