Sox' starting woes continue in Game 1 defeat


Sox' starting woes continue in Game 1 defeat

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- Kyle Weiland's poor outing in Game 1 Monday -- 4 23 innings pitched, five earned runs allowed -- was more of the same for Red Sox starters this month.

In 18 games this month, during which the Red Sox are 4-14, their starters have gotten an out in the sixth inning just five times. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Red Sox won three of those.

For the month, Red Sox starters sport a collective ERA of 6.38. The starters have a 4-9 won-loss record in the month. Opposing hitters are batting .287 against Red Sox starters in September.

Just twice have Red Sox starting pitchers gone past the sixth inning, placing a toll on a bullpen that hasn't been able to respond.

(Monday's Game 1 was the exception to the rule, with Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves combining for 4 13 scoreless innings in defeat).

It hasn't helped that the Sox have habitually fallen behind early, either. In the first game defeat Monday, the Baltimore Orioles were ahead 2-0 and 5-1.

That marked the 10th time in the last 11 games that the Sox'copponents had scored first.

Weiland himself has made three starts this month and the Sox are winless in those three games.

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Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.