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BSJ Game Report: Mets 7, Red Sox 4 – In familiar pattern, Sox fall way behind early

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 7-2 loss to the Mets, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Stop me if you've heard this one....: Pitching again dug an early hole. Opener Josh Osich got through the first inning unscathed with just nine pitches, but the second saw him issue a leadoff walk followed by a two-run homer over the visitor's bullpen by Michael Conforto. Next came Jeffrey Springs, who was far worse. He yielded a bullet by Pete Alonso that would surely have hurt someone had there been actual fans in the Monster Seats, with an exit velocity of 116 mph. Finally, Springs was tagged for a three-run homer by Dom Smith, stretching the lead to 7-0. It marked the third straight game in which the opponent took a large multi-run lead before the Sox could put up so much as one run. Collectively, thanks to their horrid starting pitchers, the Sox have trailed 18-2 through the first four innings over the last three games.

Godley shows something: Initially, it seemed likely that Zack Godley would be next out of the bullpen following opener Josh Osich. But Ron Roenicke decided he'd rather have another lefty for matchup purposes and went with Springs instead. That was a mistake, and though Godley tossed four shutout innings with seven strikeouts, by then, the game was hopelessly out of hand. He allowed four singles in four innings, but only was hard-hit -- the three others included a squibbler in front of the plate, a broken-bat single to right and another groundball through a vacated spot in the field due to the shift. Godley showed enough in his outing that Roenicke said the Sox would be discussing having him take a conventional start the next time through the rotation. At this point, given what they've gotten from others, it would be foolish not give Godley the ball and let him show what he can do. If nothing else, between his loud grunting that accompanies his delivery and his sprints off the mound toward the dugout, he provided an entertainment factor.