BOSTON -- Just a guess here, but if White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll asked his dad, Steve, a former advance scout for the Astros, if he could tell him anything about the Red Sox, the scouting report was probably short and to the point:
Chicago’s other team, the White Sox, parachuted into the Fens Monday night, and like their North Side neighbors, the Cubs, ran out a starting pitcher who allowed the Red Sox just one hit before calling it a night.
Monday night, Carroll gave up his hit early -- a ground ball single to A.J. Pierzynski to start the third -- and throttled the Red Sox thereafter, departing with two out in the seventh.
The Red Sox advanced a baserunner as far as second twice all night -- Jackie Bradley Jr. on a walk and stolen base in the sixth, Bradley again in the eighth on a single off reliever Javy Guerra and an infield out.
The White Sox hit two balls into the seats -- Adam Dunn crushed one over the visitors’ bullpen to open the second, and Dayan Viciedo caterwauled another into the center-field triangle with two aboard in the fourth.
That was the sum total of the night’s offense and it was more than sufficient as the Red Sox were shut out for the ninth time this season, 4-0, before a crowd of 35,114.
Even as Fenway organist Josh Kantor played “You Gotta Have Heart” at game’s end, you could count on two hands the fans humming along, on a night that the Sox fell 10 games behind first-place Baltimore and 11 games under .500 (39-50).
The Sox have now lost six of seven games on this homestand, causing the ubiquitous ticket scalpers outside the ballpark to rethink their choice of careers.
Carroll outpitched Clay Buchholz, who besides the two longballs was just fine, which was of little consolation to the right-hander. The Sox offense went through the looking glass against Carroll, and there’s no telling when it will return.