John Farrell: 'We're not in a good place right now'

Mike Petraglia
June 14, 2015 - 2:07 pm
If John Farrell is concerned about job security, he's not showing it. Following another abysmal loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, dropping the Red Sox to a season-low 10 games under .500 at 27-37, the Red Sox manager continued to show support and complete belief in his team that they can turn things around. The Red Sox sent their most reliable pitcher to the mound in Eduardo Rodriguez hoping to end a five-game skid. But thanks to a pair of shoddy plays in a windy, sun-baked right field and a questionable non-double play call at second base, the Blue Jays exploded for six runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth for a 10-0 lead. The Red Sox battled back to make it 10-5 on a three-run homer from David Ortiz in a five-run fifth but could get no closer in a 13-5 embarrassment that gave Toronto its 11th straight win. "Today, we got beat up but looking back at the energy inside the game, the energy is there," Farrell said. "We didn't handle every ball cleanly. That goes without saying. We get a ball in the following inning after the six runs that's an aggressive call-off by [Alejandro] De Aza, coming in from right field, where Xander is camped under it. It opens up the door for a couple more consecutive hits and a four-run inning. So, it's a ten-run hole we're in. "Still, we continue to battle back. David with a big three-run homer to cut [deficit] in half. We kept clawing back into this. Yeah, we're not in a good place right now as a team. But it's not because we're not giving effort. We're not executing completely." There were two players that bore the brunt of criticism Sunday. The first was right fielder Alejandro De Aza. With Rusney Castillo replacing the injured Mookie Betts (back sprain) in center field, De Aza was called on to make his third start in right field. It did not go well. With one out, De Aza let a Russell Martin pop fly fall along the right field line, allowing Jose Bautista to score in a six-run fourth. After a walk, Kevin Pillar lifted a fly ball to shallow right on which De Aza appeared to call off Dustin Pedroia. The ball fell, resulting in a run-scoring force out as De Aza got the out at second base. But an inning later, the wheels fell completely off the wagon on De Aza and Hanley Ramirez. With two out and none on, Edwin Encarnacion walked. Chris Colbello hit what appeared to be a inning-ending pop fly to shallow right field. Xander Bogaerts was camped under but in came De Aza and called off Bogaerts. The ball fell in the triangle between Bogaerts, Pedroia and De Aza, allowing Encarnacion to score. That was followed by a double from Russell Martin down the left field line. Ramirez got to the ball but fumbled it and, without any sense of urgency, threw it back softly to the infield, allowing Colabello to score. "The one close to the line, I can't say that... he gave a good effort after it," Farrell said of De Aza. "Whether or not he read the ball completely off the bat, the ball was carrying this weekend. Whether it was a big swing that he gets a little bit of a misread, it falls right inside the line for a fair ball. Mookie [Betts] projects to be back in the lineup [Monday] so that'll give us a [defensive] alignment we're familiar with. "The big one is just the aggressiveness in which came in on the ball he called Xander off on." How do the players improve the execution? Well, part of that goes back to paying attention on the bases, which Ramirez didn't do in the first inning. With the bases loaded and just one out in the first inning, Bogaerts hit a line drive that was snared by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who in turn saw Ramirez drifting too far off second base. Ramirez was doubled off to end the threat. Farrell was not pleased. "Well, that's got to be through some anticipation of the given play," Farrell said. "We get doubled off in a bases loaded situation in the first inning. Head high line drive, you're schooled to fight back and do what you can to get back safely. That didn't happen. When you monitor the preparation, you monitor the given at-bats inside a given game, I don't see at-bats being given away. I don't see us dogging it in any way. Things aren't going our way. I know that. "It goes back to everyone focusing on the job that they have at hand, and that starts the moment we walk in the clubhouse, to the work we do pre-game. Everyone needs to do their job. "There's an upset clubhouse. There's a group of guys are coming in every day that we've got a chance to get on a little bit of run, little bit of a winning streak and yet it's not taking place. There's not guys coming in hanging head before the day starts. Now, there's frustration when it doesn't play out for one reason or another during a given game. But this is a group that has experienced success and yet we're not experiencing that right now." Any buttons left to push? "You're always looking to try to put guys in a position of success, based on what you know of them, what they've been familiar at and what they've done well at in the past. This isn't a change in the lineup. This is about going out and executing to the game that's at hand."