A.J. Pierzynski on Red Sox offense: 'It'll turn, and when it does, someone's going to pay'

Mike Petraglia
May 21, 2014 - 8:01 pm
Red Sox players, coaches and management are all fully aware of the ugly numbers concerning the team's offense, especially with runners in scoring position. During the three-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers, they were 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position. During Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays, they were 3-for-14. In the first seven innings Wednesday night, they failed in their first four chances, dropping them to 4-for-37 before getting two hits in their final two chances in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays. But sometimes when things are bad, you need to have the utmost confidence in your own abilities and those of your teammates when the statistics tell another story, an ugly one at that. A.J. Pierzynski has been around long enough to feel comfortable with confidence in the face of the struggles that come with a six-game losing streak. Pierzynski himself was 0-for-11 on the homestand before lining a single to left-center to open the sixth inning. He raised his arms in exultation as he trotted down to first base. He would later single in the eighth inning as part of a three-run uprising that fell just short of wiping out a 6-1 hole. "The bottom line is we keep getting guys on base, eventually we're going to get hits," said Pierzynski, who singled again in the ninth with two outs before being forced out at second to end the game. "We have too many good hitters, too many good players and too many guys who have done it for too long for it to stay like this. I think that as long as we have the opportunity, keep getting guys on base and keep having the at-bats, the people here are grinding it out, man. "There's no doubt in my mind that everyone here is trying. Nobody has changed anything. Everyone is working their tails off. It'll turn, and when it does, someone's going to pay." The Red Sox did manage 11 hits Wednesday in the loss, including three innings in which they had multiple hits and base runners. "The last two nights, it's been better at-bats," manager John Farrell said. "And really, with the exception of the Detroit series, I think in general, there's been better at-bats overall in those run-scoring situations. At some point, I firmly believe it'll turn. We continue to put double-digit runners on base and they're left there. I think to think at some point this is going to turn our way."