It's time for someone in a Red Sox uniform to get angry.

More than 25 percent of the season is gone, and the team many expected to win the division instead seems perfectly content going nowhere. 



There were no chairs thrown, no yelling or screaming, but the message is clear, the Red Sox not happy with the way things are going.

Rusney Castillo drops a routine fly in the 5th inning Friday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Tom Werner knows a bad show when he sees one.



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There were no chairs thrown, no yelling or screaming, but the message is clear, the Red Sox not happy with the way things are going.

The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-5 defeat by the Angels at Fenway Park Friday night. It was their second straight loss and fourth in their last five games.

They are now 8-12 at home, and even with the five runs scored, they are only averaging 2.45 runs per game in May with 13 of the 20 games scoring two runs or fewer.

“Everybody’s pissed. Obviously not playing well,” Dustin Pedroia said.

Overall the Red Sox are 19-23 on the year, 7-13 in the month of May and 10-18 over their last 28 games. They’ve have had a few team meetings over the past few weeks with Pedroia speaking at least one of them. The second baseman seemed like it was past the point of holding another meeting.

“Less talk more play,” he said.

“We’ve all been around long enough to know that doesn’t work,” he added. “You have to show up day in and day out and have the right process. If everybody plays together then we’re winning. Right now all aspects of our game aren’t together and when they aren’t together you’re not going to win.”

On a night where the Red Sox scored more runs than they had in their previous nine games, they didn’t get the performance from the mound they had been accustomed to from Rick Porcello, who allowed seven runs in just 4 1/3 innings after the team had won his last five starts. Red Sox starters had a string of eight straight games going at least five innings and allowing two earned runs or less.

“There’s definite frustration,” manager John Farrell said. “That’s shared by all in our clubhouse and who work day in and day out. We all know and we expect more from ourselves — that is a given, that’s repeatedly discussed and talked about and in the moment we have to go out and execute more consistently and do a better job all the way around.”

The team has many of its biggest players under-performing — Mike Napoli is hitting .182, Daniel Nava just .167, the right field position .169 and the catcher’s position (although not a priority) .186.

“A lot of frustration,” Xander Bogaerts said. “We know we’re better than this. We’re a team capable doing a lot of damage, winning a lot of ballgames and it hasn’t been going so far.”

Fortunately for the Red Sox, despite their play they are far from out of anything in the AL East, as it is the worst division in baseball. Even though the Red Sox are four games below .500, they are just 4 1/2 games out of first place. Although, they are the only team in the division with a negative run differential, coming in at minus-42.

“We’re going to be fine,” Porcello said. “We’re going to come out of this thing and work to be consistent both offensively and the pitching wise. You just have to keep pushing, keep working and grinding through this.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

How about some consistency?

The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning as the Angels rolled to a series-opening win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning as the Angels rolled to a series-opening win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

How about some consistency?

After the Red Sox scored one run or less in four of their last six games and came in averaging 2.34 runs per game in the month of May, they finally had a good offensive night, scoring five runs, but it wasn’t enough as they couldn’t continue their string of strong games from the mound, as the Angels took the first game of the weekend series, 12-5.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello just didn’t have it. He couldn’t control any of his pitches and the Angels made him pay, especially in the fifth — a half inning that lasted over 37 minutes, and saw three pitchers combine for 46 pitches and nine runs.

Porcello walked the first two batters, and then Mike Trout singled to short left on a ball that barely got by Brock Holt at third, but a second run scored when Xander Bogaerts tried to get Johnny Giavotella at third base and the throw went against the Angels dugout. Albert Pujols then grounded out, but Trout would steal third on a tremendous slide, eluding Holt’s tag (he was ruled safe after a video review). Kole Calhoun then singled to score Trout and David Freese doubled scoring the fourth run of the inning, which was Porcello’s departure.

Matt Barnes came in relief and was even worse. He walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a three-run homer to Chris Iannetta. Marc Krauss then hit a routine fly ball to right field that Rusney Castillo, in his first major league game of the season, dropped. Two batters later Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer sending Barnes to the showers.

Robbie Ross Jr. then came on and after a harmless Trout single retired the next two batters to mercifully end the inning. It was their worst inning of the season as their previous high in an inning was seven — when Clay Buchholz allowed seven in the first against the Yankees on April 12.

Adding insult to injury (literally), Hanley Ramirez left the game in the sixth, two innings after taking a pitch off the hand. The Red Sox announced he left because of left hand soreness. Every Red Sox starter recorded a hit, besides Ramirez.

For Porcello it was his shortest outing of the season, as his fine line was 4 1/3 innings, seven runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out four.

Trailing 11-3 going into the seventh, the Red Sox showed some fight scoring two runs, forcing Angels starter Garrett Richards from the game, and could have scored even more if it weren’t for Daniel Nava hitting into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Red Sox have now lost four of their last five games and fall to 8-12 at home this year.

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Here’s what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Although Porcello had been “The Stopper” in the early going this season, he couldn’t help end the Sox’ two-game losing streak. His poor performance ended a streak of eight straight games where the Red Sox starter had gone at least five innings and allowed two earned runs or less.

— In relief of Porcello, Barnes allowed four runs (two earned) and a home run in just 1/3 inning. Prior to Friday he had gone four straight outings, five innings, without allowing a run.

— The Red Sox didn’t play very well behind their pitchers, committing three errors. Bogaerts had two at shortstop, as he went 56 games without one, but has three in the last two games. Castillo had the other when he dropped a routine fly in the fifth.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Mike Napoli hit his second home run this week, a mammoth shot over the Monster, which actually gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk.

Dustin Pedroia finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. He has now hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games against the Angels.

— Robbie Ross Jr. went 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while allowing just one hit. It was his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 14.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox may have another injury to deal with.

The Red Sox may have another injury to deal with.

After being hit by a pitch on the hand in the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez left the game before the bottom of the sixth with left hand soreness. The Red Sox were losing 11-3 at the time.

Ramirez is currently hitting .259 with 10 homers this season.

The left fielder missed four games two weeks ago with a shoulder injury after running into the left field wall at Fenway.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

The Red Sox are looking for a spark offensively as they come into their weekend series with the Angels averaging only 2.32 runs per game in 19 games during the month of May.

Looking to create one, the team has called up outfielder Rusney Castillo, who will play right field and bat eighth. They also moved Xander Bogaerts out of the No. 8 spot in the order up to No. 5.

Pablo Sandoval remains out because of his knee after being hit by a pitch Tuesday and Brock Holt will once again play third base, as the Red Sox go against Angels left-hander Garrett Richards. As a team the Red Sox are batting .198 against left-handed pitching this year.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Mike Napoli, 1B
Brock Holt, 3B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Blake Swihart, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Thursday the Red Sox were hopeful to get both Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino back Friday, but unfortunately for them, both remain out of the lineup.