Rick Porcello lost his fifth straight start Monday night against the Braves. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello on coming out with bases loaded in seventh: 'I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with'

Ryan Hannable
June 15, 2015 - 7:18 pm
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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello's reaction when walking down the steps into the dugout when he was taken out of the game in the seventh inning said it all. The right-hander threw his glove down the tunnel, as he had loaded the bases in the inning and was removed from the game after throwing 97 pitches on his way to his fifth straight loss. Robbie Ross Jr. entered and allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but got a double play to get out of the inning with limited damage. Porcello finished the game allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings on six hits while walking one and striking out five in the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Braves, their seventh straight defeat. For Porcello personally, it was his fifth straight loss, the second-longest streak in his career. "I'm mad that I felt good," Porcello said. "I ended up loading the bases with one out. I mean, that's not good. In any situation you have bases loaded with one out it's a tough situation to get out of. I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with." The Braves scored three runs in the fourth inning, which turned out to be all the runs they needed. The inning started off with three straight singles scoring one run, before adding another on a wild pitch and their third on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single that got past the dive of Mike Napoli at first base. "They bunched some singles together," manager John Farrell said. "There was a curveball that checks up right behind the plate that eludes [Sandy] Leon for another run. Not really any hard hit balls, just base hits they were able to bunch up." The right-hander now hasn't won since May 16 in Seattle. He's allowed five or more runs in three of those five starts. Monday night he didn't pitch poorly, it was just the fourth inning that did him in, and it didn't help the Red Sox offense got shutout by Braves starter Williams Perez, managing two runs against the Braves' bullpen to account for their only two runs. "It felt pretty good, honestly," Porcello said of his two-seamer. "I mean, I was sinking it well on the right-handed hitters. Some of their lefties called for a different approach, so we didn't use it as much against them. All my pitches were working. Just one inning where they put up three runs, that was basically it." Porcello's ERA is now 5.29, the second-worst mark to pitchers currently in the rotation. Through his first 13 starts, he hasn't pitched like the pitcher the Red Sox signed to a four-year contract extension worth $84.5 million before he even threw a pitch in a Red Sox uniform. Of the 37 major league pitchers who have thrown at least 80 innings this year, Porcello is tied for the worst ERA at 5.29. Furthermore, of the 110 major league pitchers who have thrown at least 60 innings, he's tied for 98th. He along with the rest of the team hasn't performed to expectations, which may or not have caused some to press and that has hurt rather than help. "You have to ask each guy individually," Porcello said. "I can't speak for everyone. I think we need to focus on the task at hand and everyone focus on their job."

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