All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 17-8 loss to the Rays, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Sox bottom out: Things have been bad for a while, but Thursday's 17-8 debacle was the most lopsided loss of the year, and the 17 runs allowed represented a season high. The Sox used seven pitchers -- also tying a season high -- and though they pounded out 13 hits and scored eight runs themselves, still lost in double figures. If that weren't bad enough, they embarrassed themselves in the field with four errors -- three alone by Rafael Devers -- leading to five unearned runs. "Sloppy,'' bemoaned Ron Roenicke. "They know. When you see heads hanging after a game, they realize that (things are bad). It's kind of the way it's going. We're just going through a bad point and we keep talking about how we need to turn it around and we're not doing that. It's hard watching games like that.'' For the series, the Sox were swept and outscored 42-22. Twice, the Sox scored seven or more runs, and still managed to lose both games. And before the season officially turns three weeks old, the Red Sox are in the midst of their third four-game losing streak.
Position players on the mound: It's never a good sign when a team resorts to using a position player on the mound. It's borderline disastrous when they have use two position players to pitch in the same game. But that's what happened to the Sox Thursday. First, Jose Peraza, who had appeared in two games as a pitcher for the Reds last season. Peraza gave up base hits to the first two hitters he faced, then took a comebacker off the knee from Brandon Lowe. The ball struck Peraza so hard that it caromed to first, where Michael Chavis recorded the out on Lowe.
But Peraza was too sore to continue, so Roenicke