So Boston finally wakes up with nine runs, and the reliable pitching allows 16 runs, as the Cubs sweep the Red Sox 16-9. Before the game, Boston manager John Farrell talked of his hopes for starter Brandon Workman, that his command would continue to improve so he could pitch deeper into games.
Workman walked the first batter ... and lasted four innings.
The one obvious highlight: Mookie Betts launched a 2-1 hanging change-up into the Monster seats.
Before the game, we talked to Farrell about shortstop Deven Marrero, Betts' former double-play partner in Portland, who was just promoted to Pawtucket. His comments top today's notes column.
The Red Sox (38-47) dropped nine games below .500 - meaning they have gone 18-18 since their infamous 10-game losing streak in May - i.e. spinning their wheels. Boston is 8.5 games out of first place.
Meanwhile, the Portland Sea Dogs (56-28) are 28 games above .500. after beating Trenton (and rehabbing CC Sabathia) 8-6. Sabathia went 3 2/3 IP: 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
A thunderstorm in the middle of the fourth inning delayed the game over 1 1/2 hours, ending the night for Portland Starter Brian Johnson (1.71 ERA). His line: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K ... Noe Ramirez (1.71 ERA) finished it with a scoreless ninth for his ninth save ... Sean Coyle (.353) hit his 10th home run.
Along with Marrero, reliever Miguel Celestino was called up to Triple-A. Starter Keith Couch went on the DL (his elbow had been bothering him). Pitchers Jeremy Kehrt and Pete Ruiz were added, along with infielder Michael Almanzar, who was returned by the Orioles (who picked him in the Rule V draft last December, but decided not to keep him on their major league roster).
Marrero went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut ... Matt Barnes (3-6, 4.85) had a rough start: 3 1/2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K.'
Salem's Cody Kukuk had has some difficult starts, but he threw five solid innings Wednesday: 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.