Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky died Monday at the age of 92. Calling hours are Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Solimine Funeral Home in Lynn, Mass. The public is invited to attend.
Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Angels:
* “Missed opportunities -- that’s the story of this one. We did a fantastic job of, once again, putting guys on. But to cash in and complete the inning -- that base hit has been elusive . . . It’s been all or nothing it seems like this stretch that we’re through offensively.” Farrell said on Boston’s offensive play of late.
* “The first one wasn’t me. I had a lot of time off -- had a lot of things going on. The last one was more myself -- I fell like. Tonight, I made a bad pitch too (Albert) Pujols, walked a couple guys. But overall, I feel like I did a decent job.” Pomeranz on his first three starts in Boston
* “I’m just trying to put a good swing on a good pitch and fortunately I got one and it went over.” Mookie Betts said on his leadoff homerun.
* “It’s been a mixed bag.” Farrell on Pomeranz to trough his first threw starts for the Red Sox.
* “Overall he probably wasn’t as sharp as his last time out. And when they created damage against him it was early in counts . . . So it wasn’t like he got into too many deep innings.” John Farrell said Drew Pomeranz’s start.
* “It happens – it’s baseball. They capitalized on some chances and we didn’t.” Betts on the offense not taking advantage of early opportunities.
* Mookie Betts’ leadoff homerun was his 21st long ball of the year, sixth to start off the game. He passed Dwight Evans (5 in 1985) and now only trails Nomar Garciaparra’s seven in 1997.
* Albert Pujols launched his 20th home run of the season, reaching that total for the 15th time in his career. He joins Frank Robinson, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players to do so through at least 16 seasons.
* Dustin Pedroia has reached base safely in 33 straight games for the Red Sox after walking twice and finishing 1-for-2 in the loss.
* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in his second at-bat, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk.
* The Red Sox are now two games out of first place with Toronto finally moving into first place after defeating the Orioles 9-1 on Saturday.
1) Hector Santiago
Somehow, the lefty managed to scatter six walks and four hits -- including a leadoff homerun -- only giving up two runs in five innings of work against Boston.
2) Albert Pujols
Pujols’ two-run homerun gave the Angels the advantage after falling behind early, and proved to be enough for their pitching staff.
3) Dustin Pedroia
As much as Mookie Betts had the big fly, Pedroia reached base three times in four chances, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks.
First impressions of the Red Sox 5-2 loss to Los Angeles:
Far too many missed opportunities for the Red Sox.
Hector Santiago somehow worked his way through five innings and only gave up two runs -- despite walking six batters and giving up six hits.
Somehow he’s flipped a switch in July after a rough start to the season. But Saturday night was not one of those nights.
Although the pitching wasn’t at it’s best, Santiago gave the Red Sox offense several easy chances at runs that they didn’t capitalize on -- including two instances where Bryce Brentz was punched-out.
Joe Kelly not the best guy to bring in with runners on.
The righty gave up a crucial double to start his appearance -- which would’ve been an amazing catch by Brock Holt.
Next leadoff batter he got out, but his last one reach on a line drive single up the middle.
So 67 percent of the leadoff batters got a hit off of Kelly.
A small sample size? Yes.
But when you’ve got a track record like Kelly’s, assessments like that are going to be made.
The return out west didn’t go as planned for Drew Pomeranz.
While Saturday was a Pacific Coast homecoming for the lefty starter, he wasn’t able to find his form.
It seemed like things would go well at first, but Pomeranz made some crucial mistakes in his second trip through the order.
Walking Yunel Escobar isn’t an option when Mike Trout and Albert Pujols follow him.
Furthermore, the cutter Pujols launched to left field was down the heart of the plate -- simply unacceptable.
Mookie Betts is making might be more valuable than Xander Bogaerts.
It became clear pretty early that Betts had the superior power.
While Bogaerts’ hands give bail him out constantly, they never move as quickly as those of the Boston leadoff hitter.
And while Bogaerts seemed to be the superior hitter for average, Betts is narrowing that gap, too.
The only case for Bogaerts being more valuable is that he’s a shortstop.
Other than that, Betts has shown he could easily be the face of the franchise when David Ortiz retires -- which is great for Boston, since he’s the one of the two who isn’t a Scott Boras client.
Red Sox fail to secure another series win against a bad team.
The Angels have no pitching. In fact, the Red Sox haven’t even faced their best pitcher.
And with the exception of Friday’s game, they’ve scored three runs in two LA games.
And the pitching was good until Saturday night -- so the offense has to get things going for Sunday.
Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.
The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Drew Pomeranz LHP
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF
Hector Santiago LHP