Sox offense struggling in scoring position

Sox offense struggling in scoring position
May 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox are being tested. There's no question about it.

They lost their eighth game out of their last 10, on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and dropped two-of-three to the Jays over the weekend at Fenway Park.

And even though the Red Sox got a win on Friday, they still faced an issue that's been glaring as of late: driving in runners in scoring position. It was an issue all series long.

"Just a tough day for us to, not only control the game from the mound, but then when we had men in scoring position -- we continued to create many opportunities, and that two-out or base hit with runners in scoring position has been elusive," said Red Sox manager Joh Farrell after Sunday's 12-4 loss.

The Red Sox went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Sunday. This coming after going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss on Saturday, and 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position in a win on Friday.

Considering that 3-for-36 with runners in scoring position in a three-game series isn't very good, the Red Sox believe that hard work will win out long-term with this offense.

"I don't think guys are coming out of their approach, despite the stretch that we're in," said Farrell. "We're hitting some balls right at people, particularly in a situation where we put men in scoring position the first three innings, and can't get that two-out hit. A ground-out or a line-out. First and second, with Pedroia at the plate, a ground ball double play. As much as we cashed in in the month of April, it may be cliche, but things are evening out.

"I think we've got a number of guys dealing with some frustration right now, there's no question about it," added Farrell. "The key for us is to maintain our preparation and our work routine. Those are the two things that we can control. We can't direct the ball after it's hit. And I know with the attitude of this group, it's a resilient one. And we're getting tested right now, there's no doubt about it."