#RedSox Game Summary (May 20) Time for a Change?

#RedSox Game Summary (May 20) Time for a change? I understand that the Sox have not been at full strength almost from the start; I get that we are missing David Price, Pablo Sandoval, and Brock Holt. But there’s something else. Something’s not right. This is a talented team with a mediocre record, and after a while one wonders if a shakeup is needed. The Sox started off the scoring in this game, with a solo blast by Hanley Ramirez off Oakland stater Sean Manaea, followed by a Chris Young double. He stretched a single into a double with a close play at 2nd, which the homer announcers on the local coverage thought was an out, but a New York review confirmed that he was safe. Chris subsequently scored on a fielder’s choice, and the Sox had a 2-0 lead. That didn’t last long, as Boston starter Drew Pomeranz walked two, and gave up a RBI single to Josh Phegley. Then, after A’s manager Bob Melvin got thrown out while arguing with third base umpire Mike Winters because Melvin seemed not to understand the dead ball rule regarding a bad throw (Christian Vazquez to Josh Rutledge at first), Phegley scored on a perfectly executed bunt by Rajai Davis to tie the score at 2. The Sox recovered the lead in the top of the 5th when Deven Marrero reached on an error and scored on a Dustin Pedroia single. The A’s had done an excellent job of wearing down Pomeranz, so that by the 5th inning he had already thrown 97 pitches, and John Farrell sat him down. But because of all the recent extra inning games, the bullpen was pretty depleted, so, he put his faith in rookie Ben Taylor. This did not work out so well, as Taylor gave up 3 hits, including two home runs (to Mark Canha and Chris Davis) to the first 3 hitters he faced. After a walk, he was done. On came Noe Ramirez to pour a bit of gasoline on the fire. After getting the first out of the inning on a ground ball, he surrendered a 2 run bomb to Chad Pinder. Ramirez stayed in for the 6th because, at this point, what the hey, right? So, he gave up a solo homer to our old friend Jed Lowrie to complete the Oakland scoring. C’mon Dave (Dombrowski), do your magic. Oakland beat Boston, 8-3, at Alameda County Coliseum. Record: 21-21. Game 42/120.

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