Red Sox offense is blanked as bullpen woes continue
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Headed to the final of a four game series with the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were looking to take a third win in Chicago. With Brian Johnson taking the mound, the Red Sox had their work cut out for them early.
The White Sox opened up the scoring early. Tim Anderson, only the second Chicago batter of the game, took Johnson deep to left. With their early one run lead, the White Sox kept pouring it on in the first. With runners on first and third, Kevan Smith drove in another run to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately, the scoring would not stop there for Chicago. And, it never got started for Boston. Chicago scored runs in every inning, except for the 5th and 7th. The other Sox never even made it on the board.
With no run support and an early lead surrendered, it was a quick outing for Johnson. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits, as the White Sox continued to score in the second. His location wasn’t great. The early runs were generated on a few hanging pitches that the Chicago offense took advantage of.
As bad of a day it was for Johnson, the bullpen wasn’t much better. Four guys came out to try and get through this one. None of them made it through three innings of work, while 3 of them surrendered at least one earned up run. In a recent trend of bullpen struggles, Sunday’s performance was no different than what we’ve seen.
The Red Sox lineup struggled all over, but the back end was where they were really hurt. Batters 6-9 combined to go 1-12 with 7 strikeouts. Obviously, the entire offense struggled today, but the bottom half of the lineup really killed any hope the Red Sox could get going.
After Johnson was pulled, the White Sox never looked back. The offense exploded Sunday afternoon, finishing the day with 8 runs on 15 hits. They continue a productive streak they’ve been enjoying, winners of their last five series.
As for Boston, they look to turn things around starting a series against the Braves on Monday. Nathan Eovaldi will get the first start of the series as the Red Sox continue to rehab the starting rotation. Despite the loss, the division lead still sits at 7.5, thanks to a Yankees loss on Sunday.