The Red Sox lost their streak and their momentum with a 3-0 loss last night. Rick Porcello actually pitched really well, with 0 earned runs. It was errors that allowed the Blue Jays to score.
Pablo Sandoval had an error again. Even Gold Glove winner Mitch Moreland had an error in addition to going 0-4 after hitting really well during the winning streak. The 2nd inning was when the Jays scored all their runs. The two errors happened back to back at the start of the 2nd inning and all of the sudden it was 2nd and 3rd. After Justin Smoak struck out, Darwin Barney got a base hit that knocked both of them in. 2-0 Jays. Kevin Pillar singled to make it first and second. Then Ezequiel Carrera hit a single down the line for a third run. It was 3-0 Jays, but Porcello didn’t have a single earned run.
It was pretty quiet after that, and pitching was pretty good. But the Red Sox also blew several scoring opportunities. In the 5th, Sandy Leon grounded into a double play with 1st and 2nd. Hanley Ramirez did the same thing in the 6th! Instead of 2 innings in a row where they successfully scored, there were 2 innings in a row of blown opportunities.
Both starting pitchers, Rick Porcello and Francisco Liriano had amazing games. Neither gave up any earned runs, Liriano gave up just 4 hits in 5.1 innings, and Porcello gave up just 6 hits in 7 innings.
I was expecting the defense to back up Porcello but Porcello did fine. The defense was the problem. Hopefully, Porcello’s good pitching will combine with good defense for a win the next time he starts.