Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 14, Red Sox 1
July, 28, 2014
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Monday was a horrible night for the Boston Red Sox.
When it finally came to an end, the Toronto Blue Jays finished with a 14-1 win at Fenway Park. It’s the third time this season the Red Sox have allowed at least 14 runs in a game, with the worst coming on July 2 in a 16-9 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway. The New York Yankees beat Boston 14-5 on April 24 at Fenway.
Returning home after a 2-5 road trip, the Red Sox didn’t do anything well. Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey limited Boston to one run on three hits in seven innings of work. The knuckleballer walked one and struck out 10. Toronto’s Melky Cabrera hit a pair of home runs and drove in a total of five runs.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz struggled and allowed seven runs on seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts in five innings (plus three batters in the sixth). The right-hander tossed 100 pitches (56 strikes).
The Blue Jays took advantage of Buchholz’s miscues early and gained a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After the Red Sox starter issued a leadoff walk to Jose Reyes, Cabrera hit his first of two homers, crushing Buchholz’s first offering for a two-run homer.
As Dickey kept the Red Sox at bay with his dancing dandy, Toronto pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning until things completely unraveled in the top of the sixth, when the Blue Jays scored nine runs.
Believe it or not, Buchholz wasn’t the worst pitcher for the Red Sox on Monday. He was lifted after three batters in the sixth in favor of starter-turned-reliever Felix Doubront, who appeared completely disinterested. Even his warmup pitches were all over the place, and it didn’t get any better once the game resumed.
The left-hander worked only 2/3 of an inning and allowed six runs on six hits with two walks and zero strikeouts. He allowed Cabrera’s second homer of the game, a three-run shot. At one point, pitching coach Juan Nieves visited the mound for a quick chat with Doubront, but his performance didn’t get any better.
Finally, after the Blue Jays batted around the order on Doubront, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave the left-hander the hook. Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop struck out pinch hitter Steve Tolleson to end the inning, with Toronto leading, 13-0.
Boston scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by David Ortiz. The Blue Jays added to their lead with a run in the top of the seventh.