Alex Cora via OMF preaching accountability among players following tough loss to Rockies

Ryan Hannable
May 15, 2019 - 3:31 pm

Tuesday was a tough night for the Red Sox as Chris Sale recorded a career-high 17 strikeouts over seven innings, but the Red Sox ultimately lost the game, 5-4 in 11 innings.

Sale left the game with the lead, but the Red Sox bullpen -- namely Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier -- couldn't hold it. Neither player made themselves available to reporters afterwards, and that is something manager Alex Cora doesn't like.

“I’ll talk to them," he said Wednesday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. "That is something I want from my players — be responsible, be genuine and transparent. When you do good, you talk about it and when you’re not that good you should talk about it.”

This goes back to when Cora was a player, as he was always one of the most accountable players in the clubhouse.

As for Workman, he allowed a double to Chris Iannetta and a home run to Charlie Blackmon in the eighth to give Colorado its first lead at 4-3. Cora believes Workman may need to adjust his breaking ball, as its been so good to open the season.

“No, one thing for sure, as you know, teams are going to make adjustments," he said. "Everybody has been talking about how the breaking ball has been great so far during the season. The 2-0 breaking ball to Blackmon, he stayed back and he put a good swing on it. He might have to be more aggressive with our breaking balls in the upcoming days because we’re going to face teams and they are doing their homework. They are going to make adjustments.”

The Rockies and Red Sox will wrap up their two-game series Wednesday night.

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