Rick Porcello has some strong thoughts on how MLB is approaching the PED problem. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello had some first inning issues once again Thursday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello’s Thursday afternoon didn’t start the way he had envisioned it when he arrived at the ballpark.

The inning started with the right-hander letting up a single, hitting the next batter with a pitch and then the following hitter reached on an infield single that allowed the bases to be loaded.

The next batter hit into a double play, but a run scored and then the second run of the inning scored on a wild pitch to put the Red Sox in a 2-0 hole before they even stepped to the plate.

“I think lately it’s just been the first inning, honestly. A couple of starts I have been able to recover from it, but today I felt like I was a little sloppy,” said Porcello. “I didn’t help myself out by not fielding that ball, I think that was a pretty big play and the wild pitch was big too. I had a guy up in that situation that I felt like I could get out and just overcooked it with the slider and it resulted in two runs and some things I need to be a little cleaner with.”

Porcello’s last start against the Mariners had an almost identical situation. Porcello loaded the bases before he was rescued by a double play, but he was forced to surrender a run in the process. In Porcello’s last three starts, he has allowed a first inning run in all three. Porcello has allowed five runs on 14 hits in the first inning this season.

The Red Sox offense hasn’t been the same as of late, batting .274 in the month of June, and being down early hasn’t helped the situation.

“We are a very good offensive team. That was something special though,” said Porcello. “Everybody was firing on all-cylinders. It is baseball you know that, that is not going to happen the entire season. We are still putting up runs, but it is not happening as early as it was. We got to do a better job of setting the tone and not let them get on the board first and really set the tone with some zeros early in the game and give our guys a chance to settle in with their approaches and do what they do.”

Blog Author: 
John Hand
Craig Kimbrel earned the win Thursday against the White Sox. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel earned the win Thursday against the White Sox. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was ready to redeem himself in Thursday afternoon’s game following suffering a loss against the White Sox on Monday night.

After throwing eight pitches to keep the Red Sox tied with the White Sox in the ninth inning, Kimbrel walked back into the Red Sox dugout and told manager John Farrell that he wanted to pitch the next inning.

“Our bullpen, we have been pitching a lot and I felt like throwing eight pitches I need to go back out and do a little bit more work,” said Kimbrel.

After the Red Sox left two men stranded on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kimbrel emerged from the dugout to pitch the top of the tenth. The move symbolized neither pitcher nor manager was thinking back to Monday’s outing. To make matters more interesting, Kimbrel entered the tenth having never pitched two complete innings in his career and also being 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in non-save situations this season.

The decision to have Kimbrel pitch the tenth inning seemed immediately regrettable. The 28-year-old right-hander walked the first batter he faced, gave up a single to the next hitter and then walked another batter to load the bases with nobody out.

“In a situation like that you have to get just take it one pitch at a time,” said Kimbrel.

With his back against the wall, Kimbrel was able to get the next batter to pop out before striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning without any damage.

“With the first pitch pop out that was pretty big, I think that put everybody in a better mindset. We were one pitch away from a double play,” said Kimbrel. “I was able to get two strikeouts and get out of the inning. This was a good game. It was a back and forth game, a hard fought game. There were a lot of situations where guys came up big and that is the reason we won the game.”

“A lot has been talked about when he comes in, in a non-save situation. Twice in a very rare relief appearance for him, two innings,” added Farrell. “After eight pitches in the first inning he was still in great shape with a lot in the tank. In a bases loaded situation nobody out, find a way to get a pop up and a couple of strikeouts. Just a helluva job on his part given the situation.”

Kimbrel’s teammates also took notice of his performance.

“It was bases loaded no out and he shut it down. That is how nasty he is,” said Xander Bogaerts, who hit the game winning single. “He’s pretty filthy, one of the best closer’s in the game and that is what we all expect from him. He’s human also, but more chances than not you’re going to get a performance like that.”

The Red Sox were able to plate a run in the bottom half of the 10th to give the Red Sox and Kimbrel a win.

“After losing the first three games against these guys, we knew coming into today that we needed to win, especially going on this road trip,” said Kimbrel. “We are definitely going to have a happy flight.”

Blog Author: 
John Hand
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The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.

Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.

Chris Young will go on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Chris Young will go on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.

Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.

It was a severe enough strain that the team was able to already say he would be going on the 15-day disabled list after the game.

“This is significant enough that we can make the DL call right now,” Farrell said.

Young is hoping it isn’t as serious as it looked in the field at the time and he will feel a little better when he wakes up on Friday.

“I have never had it before. I have never had that feeling before, so I really don’t know how it is going to respond,” Young said. “I mean it feels OK right now, so I mean I think that is a positive. Coming off the field I didn’t think I would be able to feel like I feel right now, so I am trying to be as optimistic as possible and see how it feels in the morning.”

As for his spot on the roster, Farrell said the team didn’t know who that would be, although he did rule out Brock Holt, who is still rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket as he works his way back from a concussion.

Another player it won’t likely be is Andrew Benintendi, as the 2015 first-round pick had just 456 minor league at-bats and just 123 in Double-A prior today. Given what has happened in the past with the organization in rushing players to the big leagues, it would seem they will take their time with him and thus he’s not an option.

The more likely player is Bryce Brentz, who is currently on the 40-man roster, and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski name-dropped him on Monday following the demotion of Rusney Castillo as an outfielder who is performing well. Brentz came into Thursday batting .278 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games with Pawtucket this season.

Also, the team will likely only need this roster spot for a few days as Holt is set to play nine innings over the weekend and if everything goes as planned and he comes out of it feeling good, it appears he could be ready for a return early next week.

But, on a larger scale, Holt is not best served as an everyday left fielder. He’s better off as a utility man, so with the injuries to Young, as well as Blake Swihart, the team could be adding left field to their list of needs before the trade deadline.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how it goes, as long as it’s a W in the standings and that was the case Thursday for the Red Sox.

Even though the bullpen looked very vulnerable, the Red Sox were able to rally from 4-1 and 7-5 deficits to come away with a 8-7, 10-inning win over the White Sox to avoid a four-game sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season.