BOSTON - Two.
Two meaningless hits -- singles by A.J. Pierzynski in the third inning and Jackie Bradley Jr in the eighth -- was all the Red Sox could manage in a pathetic offensive showing against the Chicago White Sox, resulting in the team's ninth shutout loss of the season, a 4-0 drubbing which extended their current homestand misery.
The Sox are 1-6 since coming off the road. They've been blanked three times in the last 10 games.
Chicago starter Scott Carroll, who entered the game with a 5.05 ERA, faced 23 hitters over 6 2/3 innings and retired 20 of them. Beyond the Pierzysnki single, he issued two walks -- one to Bradley to open the sixth and another to Mike Napoli, the final batter he faced.
Incredibly, other than their two hits, the Sox got four balls out of the infield all night, each one a routine fly ball.
Clay Buchholz, making his third start since coming off the DL, made two mistakes, but each was hit more than 400 feet. Adam Dunn drilled a ball over the bullpen with the bases empty to lead off the second and in the fourth,
Dayan Viciedo crushed a pitch that landed in the bleachers, just to the right of the triangle in center, scoring two baserunners ahead of him.
Buchholz otherwise didn't pitch badly, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced, six by strikeout. But without any offensive support, the outing was meaningless.
STAR OF THE GAME: Scott Carroll
You wouldn't know it from his ERA coming in (5.05), but Carroll looked like a Cy Young Award winner against the Red Sox, allowing just one hit over 6 2/3 innings. He walked only two and retired 20 of the 23 hitters he faced.
HONORABLE MENTION: Adam Dunn
Dunn belted a mammoth homer over the bullpen in the first, then doubled to start the three-run rally in the fourth.
GOAT OF THE NIGHT: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-3 before walking in the ninth inning. In his three at-bats, he failed to get the ball out of the infield, and looked almost disinterested in jogging halfway to first base each time.
TURNING POINT: With the White Sox leading 1-0 in the fourth, Dayan Viciedo drove a pitch out just to the right of the triangle, scoring two baserunners ahead of him and putting the game effectively out of reach.
BY THE NUMBERS: The shutout was the ninth of the season suffered by the Red Sox, including three in the last 10 games.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I'm done talking about the offense. It's not like they're out there not trying. It's just not working right now.'' - Clay Buchholz.