CLEVELAND - Now that they've lost two in a row -- following a seven-game winning streak -- the Sox are again falling prey to a familiar problem: inability to get the big hit with runners in scoring position.
After improving considerable in that department during their winning streak, the last two nights have seen the Sox revert to earlier form.
In Monday's 3-2 loss, they were 0-for-3 with five runners left on base. In Wednesday's 5-3 setback, they were 2-for-11 with 11 runners stranded. Combined in the series, the Sox are 2-for 13 with RISP with 16 runners left on base.
The Sox had two on and two out in the first, but Jonny Gomes fanned. In the third, they had first and second with two out, but A.J. Pierzynski was retired on a long flyout to the center field warning track.
"We had a number of opportunities,'' bemoaned Farrell. "First inning, (fifth) inning, key spot would come up in the order and once again, a base hit with men in scoring position was elusive in the first two games of the series.''
The big missed chance Tuesday came in the seventh when the Sox got got doubles from Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia (leading to one run) and an intentional walk to David Ortiz.
They had runners at first and second with no out, but couldn't produce another run.
"First and second, no outs....,'' said Bogaerts. "But we just scored one and we tied the game, but didn't score enough to go ahead.''