Within the Red Sox’ 9-8 loss to the Tigers Tuesday night at Fenway Park were a few decisions made by manager John Farrell with the pitching staff worth debating.
The first was with Steven Wright in the fifth inning.
Wright clearly didn’t have his best stuff as he had allowed four runs going into the inning. After the Red Sox had given him a 5-4 lead, the knuckleballer walked the first two batters of the inning, which were followed by two straight singles. An RBI ground out made it a 6-4 game with runners on second and third with one out.
Wright was able to get the next batter to pop out, but then with left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. seemingly ready in the bullpen, Farrell stuck with Wright who allowed a two-out, two-run single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Tigers a 8-4 lead.
With two relievers unavailable, it seemed Farrell wanted to do anything in his power to get Wright through the fifth inning.
Even though the Red Sox offense showed plenty of fight coming back from four and three-run deficits in the game, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Tigers.
Detroit scored a run in the seventh inning off left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to break a 8-8 tie and it was able to hold on for a 9-8 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Ross was able to record the first two outs of the seventh inning with no issues, but allowed a hit-by-pitch, a single and back-to-back walks to walk in the eventual game-winning run.
The Red Sox had the tying run on the ninth, but Ortiz hit into a game-ending double play.
“It is frustrating when you put that many runs up on the board and come away on the wrong side of it,” manager John Farrell said.
The seventh inning wasted a valiant comeback effort by the Red Sox, which included two home runs. They now have 31 since July 4, which leads the majors in that span.
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A pectoral strain is extremely rare for a baseball player to suffer, which is why it’s hard to have an idea of what Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara is going through and what a realistic timetable for his return might be.
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