Although the Boston Red Sox's 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday represented their 14th defeat of the season out of 26 games, making losing a routine outcome for the club, at least the Red Sox are continuing to make losing feel fresh, thus avoiding any sort of boredom that could creep into watching them. Now those watching the Red Sox will need to remain riveted to the field of play in order not to miss witnessing the latest permutation of losing that the team will suffer.
Unlike several of their previous defeats where the Red Sox fell behind by a large margin early and had to overcome the deep hold their own mistakes landed them in, on Sunday, it was the Red Sox who struck first. In the second inning of the contest, the Red Sox hitters used three straight singles to score the first run of the game. It was the last time the Red Sox hitters would do any sort of significant striking as they finished with a woeful hitting line of .182 BA/.206 OBP/.212 SLG/.191 wOBA as they were almost completely shut down by the pitching of Blue Jays hurlers R.A. Dickey, Steve Delabar, and Esmil Rogers.
The Red Sox's 1-0 lead was short-lived, however, as the Blue Jays immediately answered in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run courtesy of Brett Lawrie. From that point, the Blue Jays never held a win expectancy lower than 50.0 percent and it tipped over the 50.0 percent threshold for good in the third inning when the Blue Jays pushed across their second run after Melky Cabrera drove in Josh Thole with a double.
Just in case the Red Sox had any thought of mounting a comeback, the Blue Jays added two runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth inning, accomplishing the feat of scoring at least one run while each of the three pitchers the Red Sox used were on the mound; Burke Badenhop was not charged with an earned run, but he allowed one of the baserunners he inherited from Andrew Miller to score.
For the Red Sox it was a complete defeat, with almost every single player who participated in the game contributing to the loss; only Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks posted positive win probabilities due to their production at the plate. With the season only 16.0 percent over, the Red Sox have plenty of time to right the ship, but they had better start turning things around in a hurry if they do not want to turn their routine of losing into a habit.