Red Sox loss on Patriots Day caps poor first homestand of season

Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Even though it was just Game 17 of the season, boos were heard in the late innings at Fenway Park, and deservedly so.

The Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 8-1, on Patriots Day and also the final game of the first homestand of the season. The team went 3-3, but it should have been way better than that. It was supposed to rebound from its brutal start to the year on the West Coast by playing at home against some bad teams, but that was not the case.

Some of the bad trends from the first few games continued, as the team hasn't looked anything like one won the World Series just a few short months ago.

Entering the game, Orioles starter Dan Straily had allowed 10 earned runs on 13 hits, including four homers, in 4 2/3 innings (two starts). But Monday, the Red Sox made him look like an ace as he went five innings, allowing just one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three.

Overall, the Red Sox finished with just three hits as a team and for the fourth time in 17 games finished with one run of less. As a reference, the Red Sox didn't get to their fourth game of scoring one run or less until May 27 last year.

"I mean, there’s a lot of searching throughout the lineup," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "We have some good games and then we don’t. So it hasn’t been as consistent as we know we can be. There are a few guys that are searching. Keep working at it. We haven’t been able to put good at-bats together in certain games so today was a perfect example. We’ll find it and keep working at it. But I think it’s just that not everybody is clicking at the same time."

Monday's game featured a spot start for Hector Velazquez as the team looked to give its starters an extra day of rest before a long stretch and while the bullpen has been a strength to open the season, it was not in this one.

Every Red Sox pitcher who pitched, except for Brandon Workman, allowed at least one run, while three allowed multiple runs -- Marcus Walden, Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornberg. 

Also, Chris Davis broke out in the series. The Orioles first baseman snapped an 0-for-54 skid over the weekend and then on Monday hit a monster home run over the Orioles bullpen.

After not taking advantage of the six games at Fenway Park, the team will now go to Yankee Stadium and take on a desperate Yankees team for two games before a three-game set over the weekend in Tampa. Usually, that would be a way to pick up at least two wins, but the Rays are one of the best teams in baseball to open the year.

"It doesn’t concern me. It’s just a bad start," Cora said. "We’ve shown flashes, Eduardo [Rodriguez], David [Price]. Today, one-run game, didn't make some pitches and they hit that ball out of the ballpark, changed the whole thing. For a while there if you start looking after that Arizona game we were pitching better and keeping the ball in the ballpark and not too much damage, not too much hard contact and today was the exception obviously. We’ve got to keep working at it. We go to New York tonight and have a two-game series. "

The Red Sox are still seeking a wake-up call for the 2019 season, and maybe Yankee Stadium is what will do it after Fenway Park certainly didn't.

The Red Sox now have a minus-32 run differential, the worst in the AL.

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