Boston Red Sox

Apr 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Brasier (70) reacts after giving up a grand slam to New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox bullpen couldn’t hold a late-innings lead as the Yankees swept the Sox away with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night in the Bronx.

W: Tommy Kahnle (1-0)

L: Brandon Workman (0-1)

S: Aroldis Chapman (3)

Here are three takeaways from the loss:

1. Red Sox find new and exciting ways to lose games

Of all the bad losses the Red Sox have suffered this year, Wednesday night might take the cake. The Sox led 3-1 in the seventh when Brandon Workman loaded the bases. Ryan Brasier came on in relief and it all came unraveled for the Sox:

Both Workman and Brasier had been outstanding until this point, allowing only one run combined before Wednesday’s debacle. When it rains, it pours, and it’s sure pouring buckets on the Red Sox.

2. A good start goes to waste:

Nathan Eovaldi turned in the best performance of his young season, tossing six innings of one-run ball while striking out six.

3. Dustin Pedroia’s knee doesn’t hold up:

Pedroia had to leave the game in the second inning with what the team termed “left knee discomfort,” an obvious setback in Pedroia’s attempt to return from major knee surgery following the 2017 season.

According to Alex Cora, the Red Sox might need to call up an infielder from Pawtucket, given Pedroia’s status.

It’s fair to wonder just how much longer the Red Sox can continue to give Pedroia opportunities to play second base. They continue to mortgage roster spots every time Pedroia tries to make a comeback. Pedroia has three years remaining on his deal, but make no mistake about it, the time is approaching for the Red Sox to decide if they need to find a different long-term answer at second base.

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