Good news. After 3 real bad starts, Phil Humber pitched great!
Pitching in to the 7th inning, Humber only gave up 4 hits and 1 run, while striking out 7.
The bullpen was another thing.
Matt Thornton is going through a bad stretch right now. relieving Humber, Thornton came in with a man on, and 2 out. He proceded to give up a walk, a wild pitch, followed by the game winning 2-run double.
In his last 2.2 innings, Thornton has allowed 6 earned runs. Might be time to sit him down for a spell. I bet it is something so small, his problems, and all. It’ll be figured out, but it is frustrating to watch right now.
Addison Reed came in with an ERA of zero. After allowing 6 earned runs in the 9th inning, his ERA ballooned to 5.23. Yikes! First bad outing for the guy, but it was bound to happen sometime.
That hellion Nate Jones got a warning from umpire Joe West. Jones allowed a home run to Jeff Francoeur, then came inside to Eric Hosmer, and out came the warning. At least West didn’t overreact. Stupid warning.
Where was West last year when the Royals were using the Sox as target practice. By himself, Bruce Chen hit 4 Sox players last year, nary a warning. Thankfully West stopped everything before they got out of hand. Geez!!!
The Sox offense went dry, who got 9 hits, just none consecutively.
I thought the Sox would have a good day once Danny Duffy left with an injury in the first inning.
Who knew Luis Mendoza was gonna pitch as well as he did. Mendoza allowed just one run in just over 5 innings.
Sox better watch out, the Royals are just 2 games behind them. However, the Sox are just 2.5 out of first.
Sox get another look at the Tigers tomorrow. Thankfully, Justin Verlander pitched on Sunday so they won’t see him.