Wade Miley

Closing Time: Inconsistency continues for Red Sox in latest loss

Rob Bradford
April 26, 2015 - 12:50 pm

The Red Sox' starting pitching roller coaster keeps on rolling. This time the group's downturn came in the form of Wade Miley's 2 1/3-inning horror show. This time the lefty second sub-three-inning outing of the season led to a 18-7 Orioles rout of the Red Sox. Miley was forced from the start in the third inning, in which the hosts put up a six-spot on the scoreboard. The Sox starter was ultimately charged with seven runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks. His ERA now stands at 8.62, having not pitched past 5 2/3 innings in any of his four starts. It marks the sixth time in 19 games the Red Sox starting pitcher has allowed five or more runs. The rotation carries a 5.94 ERA, worst in the major leagues, with Joe Kelly leading the way with a 4.08 ERA, followed by Clay Buchholz (4.84), Justin Masterson (5.16) and Rick Porcello (6.48). The loss hands the Red Sox a 2-4 road trip, having won the first game of both their series against the Rays and Orioles before dropping the final two. The Red Sox starters finished the two-series swing with a 5.31 ERA, coming away with three quality starts. The Red Sox head home out of first-place, standing at 10-9, as Tampa Bay (11-8) holds that top stop, which has won five straight after losing its season opener to the Sox. Not helping matters was the ineffective work of the bullpen after Miley, with newly-recalled Heath Hembree taking the brunt of the damage, giving up 11 runs in 6 2/3 innings. The righty let the game get out of hand, giving up six runs in 1 1/3 frames. It marked the fifth straight game the bullpen gave up at least one run. For the road trip, Sox relievers pitched 20 2/3 innings and allowed 17 runs on 31 hits. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: The entire Orioles lineup. The group batted around twice, with every starter but one coming away with a multiple hit day. Here's what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' latest loss: WHAT WENT WRONG - Besides Hembree, other members of the Red Sox bullpen to surrender runs were Anthony Varvaro (2 runs, 1 2/3 innings), Robbie Ross Jr. (run, inning), and Craig Breslow (2 runs, 2/3 innings). - The Red Sox only managed two runners in scoring position against Orioles starter Bud Norris, who finished his day allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings. - Mookie Betts, Allen Craig and Xander Bogaerts all went hitless. Betts also made his first error of the season, misplaying a ball he seemed to have lost in the sun. WHAT WENT RIGHT - The Red Sox managed three home runs, coming from Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, his first as a member of the Red Sox. The Sox came in with the fifth-most homers in the majors and now have 23 on the season. Ramirez hit his second home run -- a three-run shot in the ninth.