BOSTON – In a season filled with blown saves and calamitous performances by Red Sox relievers, Wednesday’s latest bullpen meltdown might have stung the most.
And they’ll have a long flight across the Atlantic Ocean to think about it.
Matt Barnes gave up a mammoth two-run home run to Chicago’s Jose Abreu, blowing a 7-6 lead in the ninth inning as part of an 8-7 loss to the White Sox. The home run spoiled a Red Sox comeback just a half inning earlier when Xander Bogaerts put Boston ahead with a two-out, two-RBI single.
Jose Abreu absolutely destroys a go-ahead 2-run BOMBpic.twitter.com/UzZZEGIfuH— Starting 9 (@Starting9) June 26, 2019
Red Sox relievers have now blown 16 saves in 2019. They have lost eight games this year when leading after the seventh inning.
Chris Sale gave up five runs in six innings of work and remains winless at Fenway Park in 2019. His last win at home was July 11, 2018.
Rafael Devers had another strong day at the plate, following up Tuesday’s 4-for-4 performance with a 3-for-5 afternoon. J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three men. Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
The Red Sox now head to London where they will play the Yankees in a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday.