Sox Fall to Mariners 5-0, Finish Road-Trip 5-5

Posted on May 18 2015 - 7:08am by Patrick Coyne

After getting back on track the last couple of games, the Red Sox ended their ten-game road trip on a low note by losing 5-0 to the Seattle Mariners. The 5-0 loss was pretty reminiscent of what Sox fans have come to expect early on this season and resulted in the four game series being split with the Mariners.

Bright Spots

  • Not many to note. Only two runners advanced as far as third base while the lineup was shut down by the white hot James Paxton.
  • At least the pain was not dragged out. According to ESPN, the last six games of this road trip have all been played in less than three hours. Today’s was the shortest at 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Downers

  • The lineup was completely shut down. Paxton had the Red Sox figured out, allowing just five hits over eight shutout innings. The only extra-base hit was by Brock Holt. David Ortiz’s being given the day off to rest didn’t help much either.
  • The lack of offense was characteristic of the recent road trip. The team scored two runs or fewer in seven out of their ten games and averaged just 2.3 runs per game.
  • Pitching-wise, Steven Wright only lasted five innings, though the expectations for him are not much as he fills in for Justin Masterson.

Starting Pitcher Recap

Wright wasn’t great. He lasted five innings, which has been the going rate for most of the starters for most of the season. On the brightside, he did only allow three runs, two of which were scored off of three singles and a passed ball during the second inning. The third run came from a Brad Miller homerun in the fifth.

Going Forward

The Red sox return home, having gone 5-5 in their last ten games and sitting, remarkably, just three-and-a-half games back in the AL East. They face the Texas Rangers for three games and then the Los Angeles Angels for three, before heading back on the road again. The team will not face a divisional opponent again until they take on the Baltimore Orioles on June 9th.

 
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