Wednesday night the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox. It’s a bit shocking to wake up in the morning and see that the Boston Red Sox have lost a game when they’ve been on a winning streak of five games. This season they’ve won 86 games and have only 36 losses after Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies. With that being said, the loss could be the most rewarding game of the Red Sox season.
Wednesday night ended a two game series between the Red Sox and Phillies. The two teams have played each other a total of four times this season, two in each of their own ballpark. Wednesday night ESPN televised the game because everyone knows that these two ball clubs can be seen in late October.
In each two game set, the Red Sox came out on top in game one and then couldn’t complete the sweep by losing the next game. Last night the Red Sox looked great by scoring three runs and making Vince Velasquez only throw two and a third innings. When the Sox went up in the third, the whole mood of Citizens Bank changed; the crowd was quiet and the faces on the fans spoke volumes.
Then the Phillies appear, showing the world why they should be taken seriously. Nathan Evoldi, Red Sox newly acquired pitcher from the trade deadline had a three to nothing lead that went away in a blink of an eye. Wilson Ramos started the comeback in the 4th inning along with Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana tying up the ballgame.
The Red Sox bullpen gave up four runs that led to the loss 7-4. However, this loss was a win for the Red Sox in a way.
Alex Cora knows this but last night the Red Sox made sure the whole world knew not to count them out after being down 7-3. The Red Sox had the basses loaded with no outs and the mood changed once again the the ballpark. The Red Sox are going at a record setting pace in Boston history, but that doesn’t mean some work can’t be done.
The major lesson that the Red Sox can learn from this two game series is their choices for bullpen. Not taking away any credit from Alex Cora and his amazing season which he will most likely win manager of the year, but putting in Joe Kelly while the game is tied probably wasn’t the best option. There are other pitchers in the bullpen like Matt Barnes who can throw close to two innings.
Joe Kelly let one earned giving the Phillies a one run lead. If Kelly didn’t go in the game, the Red Sox could’ve been up by one run heading into the 6th inning. Then the struggling Drew Pomeranz came in and he let three more runs go bye. The last relief pitcher Hector Velazquez came in and had a one-two-three inning. Cora now knows as serious as Wednesday night was with the whole world watching as the two teams battle each other on national television, Joe Kelly and Drew Pomeranz need to be worked on if they decide to make a run in the pennant race.
The Red Sox have played the Yankees multiple times already this season, and yet this two game series against a national league team can be seen as a game changer for Cora’s approach when it comes to big games in October.