All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to the Orioles, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Godley put a burden on the pen: Starter Zack Godley threw better than 30 pitches to get himself out of a scoreless first inning. It was more of the same in the second inning, with traffic and a high pitch count building. It tipped over in the third when Godley issued three walks in the span of four hitters and had to be lifted, having thrown a staggering 70 pitches while recording just eight outs. The Sox already had four relievers they couldn't utilize and Godley's early exit forced the bullpen to fill in the next 5.1 innings to get through the afternoon. "They forced me to throw some pitches that I wouldn't normally throw,'' said Godley. "They just some really good at-bats early on -- a lot of foul balls, some really good at-bats and I couldn't get guys put away.'' It's worth asking how much longer the Sox will give Godley a regular turn in the rotation, given how inefficient he is.
Offense shut down: In a four-game stretch recently, the Red Sox scored at least six runs and won three of those. But in the last two games, both losses, they've been held to just four runs each. Following Kevin Pillar's leadoff homer in the first, the Sox didn't register another hit until Pillar led off the sixth with a single. This, despite the fact that Baltimore starter Wade LeBlanc was forced from the game five batters in with an elbow injury. Tom Eshelman (career ERA: 5.61) walked the first hitter he faced, then retired the next 13 hitters in a row. Once more, the middle of the order failed to provide much pop. Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez, the team's 2-3-4-5 hitters, went a combined 1-for-13, with the lone hit from that group coming on a run-scoring double from Bogaerts in the sixth. That's insufficient under most circumstances, and certainly so in Camden Yards against the Orioles' pitching staff.