The Red Sox went 1-4 on their final homestand of the season, including four straight losses.
Aside from the bottom of the second, the Red Sox offense looked incredibly un-menacing. Bello struggled again, as his season ends with a whimper. Honestly, I’m only putting in as much effort into this recap as the Red Sox did in their game tonight. That’s to say, not much.
I genuinely can’t think of anything redeeming about this game. Maybe Justin Turner getting pulled so he could get a deserved ovation for his performance this season. But that’s about it.
Alex Cora pulls Justin Turner from the game so the Fenway Faithful can give him his flowers.— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) September 27, 2023
He was worth every penny this season. On and off the field.
Hell of a year considering what he went through in spring training. pic.twitter.com/W167mMGt0S
Ceddanne Rafaela (0-for-4, 3 Ks, -.068 WPA)
Wearing the sombrero in your box score (three strikeouts) isn’t an awesome look.
Enmanuel Valdez (0-for-3, 2 Ks, -.183 WPA)
Down 1-0 with the bases loaded and one down and you ground into a double play? That’s an at-bat worthy of snapping your bat in half. Striking out in your other two plate appearances doesn’t help either.
Brayan Bello (6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 HR, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, loss)
Was it important to see Bello go six innings? Sure, in the grand scheme of things. Was this a good outing? No. Bello’s certainly learned how strenuous a full MLB season is, and his numbers took a toll for it.
Brayan Bello allowed 19 ER over his last 20 IP. His ERA blew up from 3.61 to 4.24.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 27, 2023
That’s ugly. Even if he was able to work out of jams, he caused himself more damage than he did good. Not that the bats helped him at all.
Play of the Game
Josh Lowe’s solo HR tops the charts with a .099 WPA.