A pitcher who struggles to throw strikes vs. a team second in baseball in OPS. Sean Newcomb having to face 9 AL ruffians instead of the NL’s 8. It went even worse than you would think. Newcomb had been on a roll — 0.36 ERA in May — but Boston’s lineup is too deep and too disciplined for Newk to be even off his game.
While Newk left early, it was really the pen that paced the game out of grasp. Biddle, Moylan, Freeman, and Winkler all allowed at least one run, and we couldn’t keep up.
Dansby and Acuna both hit home runs, the latter off of Craig Kimbrel in the 9th. Acuna had 3 hits, and Dansby, Nick, and Freddie each had 3 hits, so the offensive production wasn’t really the problem.
Folty vs. Sale. How bad can it be?