Eduardo Rodriguez

Closing Time: Red Sox routed by Marlins; David Ortiz hits two more homers

Rob Bradford
August 12, 2015 - 3:18 pm
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MIAMI -- The wheels have truly fallen off the cart for the Red Sox. The Sox continued to cement their spot for worst record in the American League with their second loss in as many games to the Marlins Wednesday, suffering a 14-6 rout at the hands of the hosts at Marlins Park. It marked the fifth time this season Red Sox pitchers have allowed 17 hits or more. To nobody's surprise, the biggest catalyst for the Red Sox loss was once again the bullpen. The combination of Ryan Cook and Robbie Ross Jr. surrendering six runs in what turned into a 10-run sixth inning. (As a side note, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto set a team record with RBIs in the sixth inning, thanks in large part to his grand slam off Ross Jr.) The bullpen had already allowed 16 runs in 19 innings over the first seven games of the Red Sox' road trip. Red Sox relievers entered Wednesday with a 5.33 ERA, with an opponents' OPS of .944. "You're looking at a spot where you have some right-handers coming. You're looking to get some outs and shut some things down, but it doesn't happen," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Then you're into limited availability based on the recent usage. That's the tough part. The matchups almost become irrelevant when you're going to the guy most rested." What was perhaps even more demoralizing thane the bullpen's showing in the series finale was the subpar outing from Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. The rookie lefty was charged with eight runs on nine hits over five innings, watching his ERA balloon to 4.83. Prior to not retiring any of his four batters in the sixth, Rodriguez had set down eight in a row. Another troubling trend continued to be Rodriguez' inability to get hitters out with runners on base. Six of the nine hits allowed by the southpaw came with Rodriguez pitching out of the stretch. It, of course, feeds the conversation regarding if he continues to tip his pitches with baserunners on. "I thought today when they show a replay after a base hit, he pulled some pitches across the plate. Missed to his arm side on a couple of occasions," Farrell said. "To say this is all the result of tipping, I'm not going there. And I know that becomes kind of the common theme that everybody will look to seek out. But to me it was more he got behind in some counts, fastballs found some of the plate and they squared them up." One of the very few bright spots for the Red Sox came from David Ortiz, who hit two more home runs, including a towering, 419-foot, upper-deck blast in the second inning. It puts Ortiz -- who played first base for a second straight game -- nine homers away from 500 for his career. The homers gave Ortiz five for the road trip, finishing the eight-game swing with with a .367 batting average (11-for-30). "I dont know I'€™m just going to keep on swinging, not trying to put any pressure on myself, just trying to put a good swing on it when I'€™m at the plate. Hopefully," said Ortiz when asked about reaching 500 home runs. Ortiz added, "Hey look, I'€™m not trying to really accomplish any personal thing, just trying to play the game the way I'€™m supposed to play it. If I'€™m swinging the bat good I'€™m going to try to put a good swing on the pitch every time. That'€™s me. That'€™s how I play the game. But that'€™s all I can do, all I can control." For a complete box score, click here.

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