Another day, another poor offensive showing for the Boston Red Sox.
The Sox on Monday dropped their second consecutive one-run game, this one against the San Diego Padres, in what was a good day for starter Drew Pomeranz and his relievers but a rough one for Boston’s hitters. Padres starter Edwin Jackson struck out 11 Red Sox, and the San Diego bullpen struck out three more as Boston’s bats went cold again Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Not even David Ortiz could save the Red Sox this time.
Here’s how the game unfolded.
GAME IN A WORD
The Red Sox’s powerful offense has been anything but over the past two games. Boston has one run in the last 18 innings.
IT WAS OVER WHEN …
The Red Sox couldn’t score in the ninth inning.
Boston had three outs to make something happen, but the club wasn’t able to plate Hanley Ramirez after his one-out infield single.
ON THE BUMP
— Pomeranz put in a pretty solid effort, but it went for naught as the Red Sox failed to score any runs with the left-hander on the mound. Pomeranz’s one big miscue was leaving a 2-0 pitch over the plate to Padres second baseman Adam Rosales, who sent it out of the park with a two-run homer. The 27-year-old ended his outing with two runs allowed on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
— Heath Hembree came on in the sixth with two outs and a runner on second and got Rosales to pop out.
— Robbie Ross Jr. pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning with a strikeout to right fielder Oswaldo Arcia along the way.
— Joe Kelly handled the eighth inning, pitching another 1-2-3 frame with two strikeouts.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Chris Young put the Red Sox on the board in the eighth inning with a leadoff home run pinch-hitting for catcher Bryan Holaday, who went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
— Ramirez had the only multi-hit game in Boston’s lineup, going 3-for-4.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. had a rough day, going 1-for-4 and leaving four men on base. Brock Holt went 1-for-3.
— Aaron Hill hit a double pinch-hitting out of the pitcher’s spot in the eighth inning, but the Red Sox couldn’t get him across the plate.
— Ortiz came on in the ninth with a runner on and two outs, but he flied out to center field to end the game.
— Dustin Pedroia (0-for-4), Xander Bogaerts (0-for-3 with a walk), Mookie Betts (0-for-3 with a walk) and Yoan Moncada (0-for-3 with three strikeouts) all went hitless.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Pedroia’s hitting streak ended, but he managed to do this on the field.
The Red Sox play Game 2 of their series against the Padres in a late-night game for fans on the East Coast. Clay Buchholz and San Diego right-hander Paul Clemens will go head-to-head at 10:10 p.m. ET.
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