After latest loss, David Ortiz not pleased with schedule, Red Sox performance

Rob Bradford
June 27, 2014 - 6:52 pm
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NEW YORK -- €“ David Ortiz wasn'€™t happy. He wasn'€™t happy with the way the Red Sox played in their 6-0 loss to the Yankees. The designated hitter wasn'€™t happy with how his team got to the point of playing the first of three games in New York. And he isn'€™t happy with what the Sox are presenting offensively on a regular basis. First, the performance, which included being shutout for 5 2/3 innings by a pitcher (Vidal Nuno) with an ERA of 5.88. "No energy," he said. When asked to elaborate, Ortiz responded. "It just seemed like we weren'€™t there. We just have to figure it out.'€ Then came the issue with the Red Sox schedule. Even though the team is coming off an off-day, Ortiz cited the Sox'€™ schedule as a road block toward finding success. The Red Sox had played 20 straight days prior to Thursday'€™s day off. They will have also spent 21 days on the road in June, currently finding themselves in the middle of a 10-game road trip that included seven West Coast games (including a night contest in Seattle Wednesday night before arriving in New York early Thursday morning). "The schedule we have is just unbelievable,"€ Ortiz said. "€œIt'€™s pretty bad, man. It'€™s pretty bad. I'€™m not using that as an excuse, but we'€™re human and we go everywhere to play, right? In my 18-year career I'€™ve never seen that. The schedule is we had to play the last game on the West Coast in a night game and then have to travel. It'€™s pretty bad. You have to do something about that at some point. It doesn'€™t help." Ortiz was also asked if the front office needed to make a move in order to help fix an offense that has scored a major league-low 32 runs over the last 13 games. "€œI don'€™t know, man,"€ he said. '€œOur GM [Ben Cherington] is somewhere right here, ask that question to him. I'€™m just a player."

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