The Boston Red Sox lost another close game Tuesday night in Chicago. The Red Sox opened a three-game series against the White Sox with a frustrating 2-1 loss on a cold night and another night that saw the Red Sox offense struggle. It was also another solid pitching performance by Jake Peavy, but for the Sox on this night, it was the defense that failed them. As Boston.com reports on April 16, a throwing error by Xander Bogaerts in the ninth led to a 2-1 walkoff win by the White Sox.
Peavy made his first start in Chicago since being traded to the Red Sox, and pitched strong. His only slip up was a homerun delivered to former teammate Adam Dunn in the second inning to make the game 1-0. Peavy was able to get out of a couple more jams before departing the game in the seventh. Although his performance didn’t lead to a victory, Peavy made the necessary adjustments and was able to overcome weather conditions that he said were “not ideal.”
“You have to alter your routine to be able to stay loose once you get loose if you can get loose in that kind of weather, it’s not play [in] but at the same time the other nine guys gotta play in it as well…go out there and just grind through it.”
The weather certainly didn’t help the Red Sox offense. The top three batters went 0-for-12 in the game and the lineup only totaled three hit against White Sox pitching. The lone run came in the fourth inning when Daniel Nava took an Eric Johnson 3-1 fastball deep into the right field seats to tie the game 1-1.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. With reliever Burke Badenhop on the mound and a runner on first and second base, a routine ground ball taken by Bogaerts resulted in a throwing error to first baseman Mark Carp that led to Alexi Ramirez scoring the game winner. Red Sox manager John Farrell summed up another frustrating loss by not placing blame on his young infielder.
“Putting together a ninth inning on the defensive side, getting through it, with two men on a ground ball to short, throw comes up a little short but we had opportunities prior to that to push a run across. Unfortunately the two-out base hit a little more elusive tonight.”
Notes: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli left the game with a dislocated finger in the top of the ninth inning. Dustin Pedroia got into the game as a pinch runner. The Red Sox are now 5-9 on the season and sends Clay Buccholz to the mound tonight in the second game of the three-game series.