By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHILADELPHIA -- The new less-than-perfect defensive alignment didn't do in the Red Sox Wednesday night, and unlike last week, neither did John Lackey.
Instead, the same thing that has dogged the club for the last week -- a punchless offense -- led to their sixth loss in their last seven tries, a 2-1 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lackey, who couldn't get out of the fourth inning at rain-soaked Fenway last week, allowed just two runs in 7 23 innings and knocked in the only run of night for the Sox with a booming two-out double to dead center in the fifth inning.
Other than that, however, the Sox managed just four other hits -- all singles -- and have scored just one run in their last 20 innings.
Raul Ibanez smoked a ball into the right field seats in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie as the Phils improved their Major League Baseball-best record to 51-30.
The Phils grabbed a 1-0 lead off Lackey in the second when Shane Victorino doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Ibanez.
The Sox could do little against rookie Vance Worley. Their only run came in the fifth when Josh Reddick singled to right with one out and rode home on Lackey's 400-foot double.
That inning marked the only time the Sox had runners in scoring position all night.
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If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.
After another bad rehab start in Pawtucket by David Price, should the Red Sox begin to worry about their $30 million per year starting pitcher.