It's not to often that you a starting pitcher give up seven runs over three and two thirds innings and he not lose the game. However, this is what happened to Andrew Miller on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox offense was able to pick up for another poor pitching performance and come away with the victory, defeating the Kansas City Royals 13-9. How awful was Andrew Miller this evening? Let's just say I hope the names "Hiroki Kuroda" or even "Ubaldo Jimenez" come up in the next couple of days.
Miller's horrible outing got kicked off in the first inning when he allowed two straight singles which led to two straight runs off a Billy Butler RBI double and a Jeff Francoeur sacrifice fly. After the offense tied the score, Miller gave the game right back to the Royals in the second inning.
After allowing the first two men to reach base in inning, Miller seemed to have the first out in grasp with an attempted sacrifice bunt by Alcides Escobar but instead threw the ball away and allowed both runners to advance and Escobar to reach base. Miller than allowed another RBI double off the bat of Butler to drive in two more. The Royals took the lead 4-2.
After cruising through the third inning with just one hit allowed, Miller was once again given the lead by the Red Sox 5-4 heading into the fourth inning. Miller couldn't take advantage of the offense's attempted bailout as he allowed a two-run home run to Alex Gordon to give the lead back, and then a solo home run to Billy "I'm having myself a ballgame" Butler. Miller's night couldn't come to an end quicker, as he departed the game and the lead lost, 7-5.
Read about how the Red Sox offense bailed out Andrew Miller once again, after the jump.
After putting up five runs on the scoreboard through four innings, the Red Sox still found themselves behind. But that would soon change. Following a great inning of shutout inning of relief from Alfredo Aceves, the Red Sox offense began to open up the floodgates. Nathan Adcock was on in relief for starter Danny Duffy (who wasn't much better than Andrew Miller). Let's just say Adcock and the Kansas City bullpen didn't have a good night
Adcock allowed two straight singles to Josh Reddick and pinch-hitter Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the frame. Drew Sutton squared around for a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled on the throw by Adcock to Mike Aviles and allowed Reddick and Ellsbury to score easily and Sutton to go to third.. Adcock's night would end after he walked Marco Scutaro to load up the bases, the Red Sox now had the lead 8-7.
The Royals brought on Blake Wood, who gave up another Red Sox run off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, who singled home Sutton. David Ortiz then got in on the action when he hit a two run double to increase the lead to 11-7. Having batted around, Josh Reddick got another plate appearance and drove in another run off a sacrifice fly, capping a six run Red Sox fifth inning.
The Sox added another run in the seventh inning off a Jason Varitek solo home run to make it 13-7. Despite a shaky ninth inning from Franklin Morales, the Red Sox had enough run support, as they take this one 13-9.
Here are some game notes:
- With four hits this evening, Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 23 games.
- Things got a little interesting between these two teams in the sixth inning. Alfredo Aceves showed once gain that he can be a little wild on the mound as he plunked Billy Butler on a pitch that was well inside. The Royals seemed to take exception to it and they decided they would get back at the Red Sox by hitting Adrian Gonzalez that resulted in warnings for both benches. I guess they were inspired by the Orioles? Two very bad teams do have a lot of similar qualities.
- Andrew Miller's bad outing couldn't come at a worse time if you're in his shoes. With Clay Buchholz getting closer and the MLB Trade Deadline looming, Miller could find himself out of a job soon if he isn't careful.
- After Miller's horrible outing, Alfredo Aceves and Matt Albers once again showed their value to the Red Sox as the two combined for four and third innings of shutout ball.