Boston Red Sox

Aug 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) is taken out of the game against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Handed their sixth straight defeat in the first game of a Saturday double-header in New York, a 9-2 beatdown from the Yankees, things are quickly spiraling out of control for the 2019 Red Sox.

So much so that the team called a players only meeting following the defeat.

“Obviously, we’re not playing the way we want, but we take a lot of pride and we respect each other and we love each other,” said Sale. “We grind together, we win together, we lose together. And when something comes up and someone has something to say, we have enough respect and love for each other to get together as a group and go over some things. That’s just how it goes.”

The meeting, according to Betts, was about sharing ideas to right the ship, with the Red Sox sitting four and a half games out of the second wild card following their Game 1 loss.

“Everybody’s frustrated,” Betts admitted. “We all understand it’s a major league season. It’s tough.

“Not every year is going to be like last year.”

This is Boston’s first losing streak of at least six games since an eight-game skid in July 2015.