It wasn’t just any loss, though — it was a shutout loss. The Astros give up more than five runs a game, and the Red Sox score more than five runs a game; but on Monday, those numbers were both a big goose egg.
Now, this is baseball, and part of the beauty of the game is that any team can win on any given night. But with a 1.5 game in the AL East, the Red Sox must sweep a series against the worst team in baseball. Now the Red Sox turn to knuckleballer Steven Wright tonight, and the roller coaster ride that is Ryan Dempster on Wednesday.
With those two going in these next two days, the Red Sox will need to find their bats if they want to come away with a series win.
If there is a silver lining to the game last night, it is the fact Dustin Pedroia got a couple of base knocks after a near-Mendoza line performance since the start of July.
Despite the shut out last night, there is really only one hole in the Red Sox lineup, and that is third base. It is time for Xander Bogaerts to get called up. In the 48 games played since he was promoted to triple-A, he has hit .277 with an OBP of .373 and clubbed eight home runs. Brandon Snyder and Brock Holt are hitting .225 and .261 respectively with two combined home runs in 34 games.
Bogaerts has not struggled at any level other than with low-A Greenville, and it is time he makes his big league debut and earns his stripes with the big club.