Rick Porcello struggles again as Red Sox fall to White Sox – Boston Globe
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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello watches as a first-inning solo homer by the White Sox’ Adam Eaton leaves the yard.
By the ninth inning Wednesday night, only scattered pockets of fans remained at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had driven the sellout crowd into the streets.
“Free Tom Brady,” chanted a determined group of young beer aficionados in Section 13 of the grandstands. Other fans upgraded to box seats, understanding ushers looking the other way.
There are worse things than staying to the end of a game, although the Red Sox made that difficult with a 9-2 loss against the Chicago White Sox.
It’s getting ugly. The Red Sox have lost three straight and 12 of the last 14 games and at 44-58 are on pace to lose 92 games. That could be optimistic, especially if the Red Sox trade a few veterans before Friday’s deadline.
The Red Sox have been almost noncompetitive against the White Sox, giving up 28 runs on 46 hits — an astonishing 25 for extra bases — over the first three games of the series.
Box score: White Sox 9, Red Sox 2
Now they face All-Star Chris Sale on Thursday.
Ownership has voiced support for general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell, but the level of play is arguably worse than it was in 2012 when the Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine after one season.
Wednesday’s embarrassments included two errors, a White Sox runner advancing to third base when it was left uncovered and Pablo Sandoval getting thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on a double that rolled all the way to the wall in right center field.
The relay throw beat Sandoval by several feet. He then left the game two innings later with dehydration.
Rick Porcello, one of the centerpiece acquisitions of the offseason, took the loss.
Porcello allowed five earned runs over 18 innings in his previous three starts, a vast improvement from his earlier work. Catcher Ryan Hanigan had convinced the righthander to feature his sinker and abandon his changeup.
But against the White Sox, Porcello was back to being the worst starter in the American League.
He allowed six runs — five earned — on 10 hits before coming out of the game in the second inning.
Wednesday was the second time this season Porcello (5-11) was unable to complete …Read More