Boston – The Red Sox needed a strong start in the second half. Instead, the same worrying trends follow.
One day Alex Cora was hoping to try to regain his balance – less than 24 hours from his most embarrassing loss in 99 years – the Red Sox’s short, hesitant problems continued.
Blue Jays player Alec Manoah dominated six runs, and there was plenty of booing at Fenway Park on Saturday in the Red Sox’s 4-1 loss as they brought down another MLS series.
It sounds almost unbelievable, but it’s true: Now in their 12th series against a top-tier opponent, the Red Sox has yet to win. They are 0-11-1 in the division series, with a split against the Yankees representing only that they weren’t lost.
The Red Sox (48-47) is now just one game above .500 after having been 11 games over the .500 less than a month ago as they continued to fall in the AL Wild Card standings, now four games behind the Jays.
The Red Sox are in dire need of some good news.
It’s hard to beat AL East, let alone the current state of the Red Sox. They lost Rafael Davers with a hamstring injury in Friday’s 28-5 loss, and JD Martinez lost again with back spasms, forcing Cora to make a provisional lineup. Unsurprisingly, it did not produce successful results.
Bobby Dalbeck came in in the second half from Manoah to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead, but it was a fleeting, short-lived moment of joy. Less than 10 minutes later, the bullets were gone.
Cotter Crawford produced another solid start as he gave the rookie Red Sox six innings, but the three runs he allowed in the third round was ultimately too much to overcome. Jays scored his four straight hits to start the third.
Santiago Espinal, a former Red Sox farmer, tied the match with one song on the right in a hit and run game with Matt Chapman, who scored from the start. The Red Sox looked like they were putting on a play on the board when Jackie Bradley Jr. made a quick cut-off for Williams Sanchez in second. But Sanchez pumped the ball twice and Chapman scored with ease.
The Jays pulled off another two goals, taking a 3-1 lead after Kavan Biggio doubled and George Springer hit the RBI before Alejandro Kirk flew in as a sacrifice.
The Red Sox had some success against Manoah, clearing seven All-Star hits, but halting any threat to rally. The fiery right-handed let them know as well.
Alex Verdugo picked Manoah to start the sixth inning, but the bowler hit the Red Sox’s next three hits. After the Xander Bogaerts swayed, the swinging Manoah sent the stumbling Franchy Cordero and asked him to sit down with some chosen language while Cordero returned to the bunker.
Then, after hitting Dalbec looking to finish the inning, Manoah didn’t calmly come out while showing off his accomplishments by pumping his chest with a glove. This leads to an exchange with Dalbec and the Red Sox of the bunker, visibly upset by Manoah’s play, which almost causes the bunker to empty.
The Red Sox were owned in their own garden.
The Red Sox isn’t out of it yet, but they missed a huge opportunity to finish eighth. They had a feud in the first and second with one after Bogarts injured a ball on his forearm. But Cordero struck for the 17th time in his last 21 rackets, and Dalbec hit a deep fly to the center.
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