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Beyond the boxscore, as Sox drop 3 of 4 to Royals

Posted by David D'Onofrio  August 12, 2013 07:22 AM

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After the Red Sox dropped three of four in Kansas City, losing a series for the first time this month, and losing a road series for just the seventh time in 19 opportunities this season, let’s get right to drilling into the box score…

Royals 4, Red Sox 3
7-for-32, 2 BB, 4 K, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 0-for-5, K: A day after collecting four hits and acting as a catalyst for the Sox offense, he did nothing with James Shields, then struck out swinging against Greg Holland to end the game..
Shane Victorino, RF 1-for-3, R, 2B, SB:.Doubled in the first inning, took third on his 16th steal of the year, then scored the game’s first run when Royals catcher Salvador Perez threw the ball away trying to pick him off.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 0-for-3, BB: After seeming to regain his form during the latter part of the Sox last homestand, The second baseman is now 3-for his last-18. His average is correspondingly down to .29 1..
David Ortiz, DH 0-for-4, K: Like Pedroia, Ortiz struggled over the weekend, going hitless in his final eight at-bats and Sunday failing to reach base for the first time in his last 24 games.
Daniel Nava, LF 1-for-3, R, K: Nava registered just his second infield hit of the season, which put him on for Ryan Lavarnway’s two-run single in the sixth that made the score 4-3. He was then lifted for Jonny Gomes in the eighth; Gomes drew a walk.
Mike Napoli, 1B 0-for-3, BB, 3 K: Sunday was the second straight day in which Napoli struck out three times, bringing his total to 155 on the season. At this rate, Mark Bellhorn’s team record of 177 for a single season could be wiped out before September.
Stephen Drew, SS 2-for-4, R, 2B, K: With a single and a double, the shortstop is now 19-for-45 over a 12-game hitting streak. That run has elevated his average to .255 and his OPS to .781 on the season.
Ryan Lavarnway, C 2-for-4, 2 RBI: He came up with a big, run-producing hit for the second time on this trip, and has begun to look comfortable in the big leagues. It’s a modest sample size, but he’s got six hits in his past 16 at-bats – just as David Ross is about a week away from returning to the backup role behind the plate.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B 1-for-3, BB, 2 K: He continued the positivity of his return by following up Saturday’s 2-for-4 with a third-inning single, He’d walk in the fifth, another good sign for where his head is at, even if he struck out twice..
8 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 2B, HR
John Lackey, SP 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR: He allowed all four of Kansas City’s tallies over the first three innings, then settled and kept the Royals at bay. He dropped to 7-10 with the loss, but his ERA remains at a very respectable 3.32 and he kept himself in the game long enough to record a seventh-inning out for the 10th time in 11 starts..
Drake Britton, RP 1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K: Britton allowed four baserunners over his one inning of work, including an intentional walk to Perez, but he danced his way around the threats to escape without damage by inducing a ground ball force out at home and then striking out Jarrod Dyson with the bases loaded. Despite that Houdini act, he didn’t likely strengthen his case that he deserves consideration in higher-leverage situations.
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