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Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.

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[0:03:42] ... else for their fifth guy. The way the blue jays that we Jason Grilli. In their bullpen took a shot a guy has not been good to me that they sat around and waited. It's a ...
[0:06:22] ... the eight inning you do that might fall apart. Left real with Chris Young being the go to guy all these things have been evident for a month a month it's been a slow motion. Car ...
[0:09:47] ... not gonna fire himself. But those two guys that particular. John Ferrell Carl Willis. They are in that. Might wanna keep checking Twitter stage of their careers where you might wanna keep and I am that ...






Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.

[0:02:08] ... year overall. Not say he's hired as dead legs these day off. John Farrell said after the game yesterday our shortstop needs a day off. And what do they do they call a shortstop like Miller ...
[0:03:42] ... else for their fifth guy. The way the Blue Jays that we Jason Grilli. In their bullpen took a shot a guy has not been good to me that they sat around and waited. It's a ...
[0:06:22] ... the eight inning you do that might fall apart. Left field with Chris Young being the go to guy all these things have been evident for a month a month it's been a slow motion. Car ...
[0:09:47] ... not gonna fire himself. But those two guys that particular. John Ferrell Carl Willis. They are in that. Might wanna keep checking Twitter stage of their careers where you might wanna keep an eye on that ...






John Farrell

John Farrell

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, he was out of options.

With the bullpen having to pitch 18 of the Red Sox’ hurlers 33 innings on the current road trip, with Monday night’s starter Eduardo Rodriguez going just 2 2/3 innings in the what turned into a 12-7 loss to the Rays, the relieving situation got a bit uncomfortable for the Sox’ manager.

Farrell was forced to bring in each of his high-leverage relievers — Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel — for an inning each. Tazawa ended up throwing 17 pitches, while Uehara and Kimbrel each finished tossing 26.

Prior to the trio, Robbie Ross Jr. went 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Layne also pitched an inning.

“We had five innings, max, out of the bullpen tonight,” Farrell explained. “That’s a game typically when we’re not going to see those guys come to the mound. On a night when [Matt] Barnes was still a little sore, Heath Hembree, there was no way he was able to get to the mound, guys who have been giving us multiple innings, that’s why Eddie [Rodriguez] was still on the mound when he was, trying to get as many innings as possible, even in a situation where we’re down. Unfortunately, we had to turn to everyone to get through the eighth inning.

Farrell added, “Koji and obviously Craig had not pitched since Friday. Three days down, or hadn’t pitched in three days, it was a chance to get him to the mound. Yeah, you don’t like to see him throw 20-plus pitches.”

While Tazawa didn’t allow a run, Uehara surrendered a two-run blast off the bat of Nick Franklin. Kimbrel also gave up a run on three hits.

After the game the Red Sox optioned Rodriguez, who allowed nine runs on 11 hits, to Triple-A Pawtucket, most likely opening the door for the promotion of another reliever for Tuesday.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The conversation was there for everyone to see, and seemingly offered a microcosm of the Red Sox’ frustrations.

During a third-inning mound visit Monday night, Dustin Pedroia could be seen having a pointed conversation with struggling starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

After the game, the second baseman predictably downplayed the exchange.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The conversation was there for everyone to see, and seemingly offered a microcosm of the Red Sox’ frustrations.

During a third-inning mound visit Monday night, Dustin Pedroia could be seen having a pointed conversation with struggling starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

After the game, the second baseman predictably downplayed the exchange.

“What did I say to Eddie? Do you honestly think I’m going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball,” Pedroia said after the 13-7 loss to the Rays. “I talk to all my teammates, every day. That’s about it.”

Pedroia was also asked about the team meeting conducted by manager John Farrell after the game. The message, according to Farrell, that the Sox needed to be better. When asked if he agreed, the second baseman said, “Yeah, absolutely. I can’t really elaborate on that. Yeah, I do think we’re better than this.”

The Red Sox are now 12-18 wince May 26, falling 4 1/2 games out of first-place in the American League East. Their starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA on the current road trip.

Rodriguez lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.

“It’s part of the game. I knew going into the season, you go into every season it’s not going to be an easy,” Pedroia said. “It was you wouldn’t play all the games, you just show up at the end and it would be fun. It’s a grind. That’s part of it. You have to show up every single day prepared and ready to work and that’s how you get through it. You’re going to have good days. You’re going to lose by 10 runs and you’re going to win by 10 runs. You’re going to have days like that. You play a lot of games so the main thing that we’ve always gone about here is that it shouldn’t change how you act day to day. You should pride yourself on showing up and trying to win every single day. Sometimes you’re going to get your ass kicked, but then you’re going to show up the next day and try and give it right back. That’s it.”

He then added, “I think guys are playing hard. Hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning down seven runs and then went first to third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to start putting changes in motion after their 13-7 loss to the Rays Monday night.

Following an outing in which Eduardo Rodriguez gave up nine runs on 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings, a team source confirmed the starting pitcher Eduardo would be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to start putting changes in motion after their 13-7 loss to the Rays Monday night.

Following an outing in which he gave up nine runs on 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings, starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez saw his ERA climb to 8.59 after the outing, having started the night at 6.41. His “Game Score” (a metric devised by Bill James to evaluate a starting pitcher) was the lowest by a Red Sox starter since Doug Bird on May 24, 1983.

It was the sixth start for Rodriguez since coming back from a right knee injury, with three of the outings going 4 2/3 innings or less. Rodriguez’s batting average against also proved problematic, sitting at .315, with opposing hitter totaling a .993 OPS.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The state of the Red Sox pitching staff has reached DEFCON 1 status.

One night after Clay Buchholz put the Red Sox in an immediate hole in a loss to the Rangers, Eduardo Rodriguez did him one better with a five-run first against the lowly Rays.

Dustin Pedroia (2nd from right) lays into pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (2nd from left) on Monday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia (2nd from right) lays into pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (2nd from left) on Monday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The state of the Red Sox pitching staff has reached DEFCON 1 status.

One night after Clay Buchholz put the Red Sox in an immediate hole in a loss to the Rangers, Eduardo Rodriguez did him one better with a five-run first against the lowly Rays.

The Red Sox never had a chance thereafter against one of the worst offenses in baseball, dropping a 13-7 decision that will be remembered for Dustin Pedroia’s animated mound visit with Rodriguez in the second that saw the former MVP share a number of choice words with his floundering teammate.

Rodriguez looked lost. The Rays sent nine men to the plate in the first en route to five runs. They added four more against him before they were done, chasing him with a pair of homers in the third, ending an 11-game losing streak and sending the reeling Red Sox to their 10th loss in 15 games.

This one got ugly in a hurry. Logan Forsythe led off the first with a single and the Rays recorded five more hits from there, including RBI doubles from Taylor Motter and Nick Franklin. Forsythe, Desmond Jennings, and Nick Franklin all homered for the Rays, who entered the game last in the AL in runs (295), but smacked a season-high 18 hits.

Things got interesting in the second when Rodriguez hung his head after allowing an infield single. Pitching coach Carl Willis jogged out to the mound, but Pedroia took control of the meeting, waving his hands in Rodriguez’s face to make his point before yelling what looked like, “Let’s go!” as he left the mound.

The Red Sox tried to rally, but it wasn’t happening. They now sit a season-high 4 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the AL East.

Closing Time note

Red Sox pitchers have allowed the opponent to score first in 11 of their last 13 games, including eight times in the first inning. That’s no recipe for victory.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— You’re kidding, right? OK, fine — catcher Sandy Leon stayed hot by blasting his first homer of the season.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Start with Rodriguez. He allowed 11 hits and nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings, lacking confidence in his fastball and allowing the Rays to sit on his offspeed offerings. Just ugly all around. His ERA now stands at 8.59.

— Left fielder Bryce Brentz stroked a two-run double in the fourth as part of a three-hit night, but was thrown out trying to take third, ending the frame.

— The Red Sox fell to three games under .500 against the American League East. The Orioles are 22-13, in contrast.

— The Rays entered the game ranked last in the AL in runs (295). They reached 15 hits for just the third time this season.

— Reliever Koji Uehara continues to struggle with his splitter, allowing a mammoth two-run homer in the eighth while getting some work as his ERA climbed to 5.08.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase