Sox' Badenhop missing his spots

Sox' Badenhop missing his spots
April 9, 2014, 9:00 am
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BOSTON - Burke Badenhop has had a rough first homestand, his first with the Red Sox.
     
After tossing two shutout innings in the home opener, Badenhop has been knocked around. He allowed a run on two hits in extra innings against his former team, Milwaukee Saturday night.
     
On Tuesday night, taking over for Felix Doubront in the third, Badenhop was tagged for four runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings.
     
Had Badenhop been more effective in keeping the Red Sox closer after Doubront's third-inning implosion, the Red Sox' late game eruption -- they had three runs in the seventh and three more in the ninth -- might have been more meaningful.
     
Instead, the late runs were mere window dressing on an ugly loss.
     
"He's got to dominate the bottom of the strike zone (with his sinker)," said Farrell, "and when he doesn't, that's when he's been hurt. He's got such good action to his fastball when it's middle-of-the-zone or down, but there's been a number of pitches that have been up in the zone and that's when he's had his troubles.
     
"(In the fourth) a breaking ball stays up to (Adrian) Beltre for a couple of runs. It's more (about) elevation in the strike zone."