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Division Struggles Continue as Sox Don't Do Enough

June 28

Hopefully in this extended stretch of division games, the Sox improve their stats against AL East teams. With last night's loss, the Sox are a miserable 7-15 against their division, have averaged a measly 3.5 runs a game, and have an ERA through the roof, both from the starters and relievers. Ross Stripling pitches for the Jays against Wacha. Back-to-back walks put two on with one out in the bottom of the first. Bichette scores on the Hernández double to left to make it 1-0 Toronto. With two out, Chapman doubles to the gap in left-center to score Guerrero and Hernández and make it 3-0. An infield single puts runners at the corners as a difficult inning continues until a fly out ends it. Tapia makes a sliding catch in center to retire Verdugo for the second out of the top of the second. Story cuts into the deficit right after, hitting a homer to the bullpen in left to make it 3-1. This is his twelfth of the year. Gurriel hits a double to shallow right with one out in the bottom of the third and quickly moves to third on a fly out before scoring on an Espinal single to center to make it 4-1. Another single puts runners at the corners, but a strikeout ends the inning.

With a runner at first and nobody out in the top of the fifth, Cordero doubles down the right-field line to put two runners in scoring position. It’s the first time Boston has had multiple hits in the same inning. Vázquez scores and Cordero moves to third on a groundout to make it 4-2. The tying run pops out to end the inning. Two innings later, Refsnyder ties it with a two-out, two-run homer to center to make it 4-4 in the seventh. This is his second of the year. The Blue Jays quickly change pitchers. The first two batters reach in the top of the eighth. With one out, Vázquez singles to left to score Bogaerts and give the Sox their first lead of the night at 5-4. Toronto makes a pitching change. A walk loads the bases, but Arroyo lines into a double play. The Sox could have all but ensured a win there, and that will cost them dearly. The first two batters reach in the bottom of the ninth and force a pitching change. On the next pitch, though, Bichette singles to right to score Zimmer and tie it at 5-5. Guerrero singles to left, and Springer scores to win the game. 6-5 is the final. It’s the seventh walk-off loss by the Sox in 2022. That snaps a streak of seven consecutive series wins by the Red Sox. It’s also the first time the Sox have lost back-to-back games since the last two days of last month. We all knew these runs had to come to an end sometime.