Wade Miley

Closing Time: Wade Miley, hitters can't solve Red Sox' problems in loss to Blue Jays

Rob Bradford
May 08, 2015 - 5:47 pm

The shake-up didn't work. One day after the dismissal of pitching coach Juan Nieves, the Red Sox ran into the same old problems -- getting behind early and not supplying any kind of offensive punch to catch up. This time the result was a 7-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox now find themselves with just four wins in their last 15 games, dropping to 13-16. With another Yankees win, the Sox would reside 5 1/2 games out of first place. Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starter Wade Miley, who drops to 1-4. The lefty allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking one. His ERA now stands at 6.91. But while Miley couldn't shut down the Blue Jays, perhaps the biggest problem for the Red Sox was their continuing inability to hit with runners in scoring position. The Sox, who were playing without the suspended David Ortiz, went 0-for-7 in such situations. For the month, the Red Sox are 4-for-52 with runners in scoring position. At game's end, the Red Sox totaled five hitters in their lineup with a batting average of under .162, with only one batter living above .280. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Toronto starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez. While he walked somewhat of a tightrope, when you give up just two hits and no runs while going seven innings, that should be recognized. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- With Josh Donaldson's first-inning solo home run, the Red Sox have given up 31 runs in the opening frame. It ties them for most surrendered in the first with Cleveland. Another home run, this one coming from Chris Colabello in the second inning, put the Red Sox two-run hole early on. -- The Red Sox could never get to what was seemed like an erratic Sanchez. The big righty allowed a first-inning single to Dustin Pedroia, but didn't allow another hit until Mookie Betts' eighth-inning grounder between shortstop and third base. -- With his eighth-inning strikeout against Toronto lefty reliever Aaron Loup, Pablo Sandoval dropped to 2-for-28 when hitting from the right side. For the game, the third baseman stranded five runners. -- The Red Sox squandered their best opportunity in the fourth inning, loading the bases with nobody out thanks to walks to Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava, and a hit-by-pitch against Allen Craig. But after a Blake Swihart strikeout, Xander Bogaerts' grounder up the middle was gobbled up for an inning-ending 6-3 double play. - Reliever Robbie Ross Jr. had a horrific outing, allowing three runs on four hits without retiring a batter. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- Alexi Ogando continued to impress, pitching a perfect seventh inning. Opponents came into the game hitting just .174 against the righty.