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by Zack Cox on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 12:32AM
BOSTON — The Red Sox lost for the 11th time in 13 games Tuesday night, allowing five first-inning runs en route to a 9-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Pedro Martinez’s number retirement and Mookie Betts’ overturned, over-the-wall catch were the prevailing headlines from the evening, but there were a few other pieces of news floating around Fenway Park.
Let’s dive in:
— The Red Sox now have given up 19 runs in their last two games. They’ve also allowed 29 hits, 19 of which went for extra bases (14 doubles, three triples, two home runs). Obviously, none of those totals are conducive to success.
Starter Wade Miley allowed the five runs in the first inning — after Chicago plated four in the first Monday — but responded with four consecutive scoreless frames, though he allowed a runner to reach third base in two of them.
“Once again, they came out swinging the bat hot,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “They score the five. I thought (Miley) gave us everything he had to settle things down. He puts up four consecutive zeros, he’s into the sixth inning when we needed a starter to go a little bit deeper with an overworked bullpen. They’re not missing mistakes right now.”
Miley’s night ended when Betts’ did: after the center fielder tumbled into the Red Sox’s bullpen trying to haul in what ultimately ended up being a two-run home run for White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. The left-hander added that the delay caused by Martinez’s ceremony did not affect his game preparation.
Justin Masterson worked the final 3 1/3 innings of mop-up duty, allowing two runs on four-extra base hits while walking one batter and hitting another.
— Abreu gave his scouting report on fellow Cuban native Rusney Castillo, who entered as the Red Sox’s center fielder following Betts’ injury.
“I played against him a lot in Cuba,” the Chicago slugger told The Boston Globe through an interpreter. “I know him very well. He’s a very good player and my advice for him is just to keep working hard every day because he’s got a lot of talent to show …Read More