There are some good things that you could say about last night’s game if you wanted. Aaron Harang actually pitched quite well. Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer, which was nice. The Offense — Freddie Freeman — went 2 for 5, and the rest of the offense went a respectable 8 for 29 with
three four walks.
But then you get to thinking: how in heaven’s name does an offense get 10 hits and 4 walks and only score three runs? Aaron Harang grounding into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs was a major contributing factor but hardly the only one. We had men on base all night, just like the previous game, and far too many of them were left stranded.
Chris Johnson is dangerously close to the doghouse right now. He committed an error in the first that led to the first Sox run scoring, and in the 7th he was unable to move a few steps to his left to corral what wound up being a two-run single, the final blow in the game. He also went 0-3, though he was credited with two RBI because he hit a sacrifice fly and also hit a bloop that fell in right, where the fielder was able to throw out Justin Upton because Upton had to stay near first to see if it would be caught. Johnson is batting .258/.278/.339 with bad defense, which means that both second base and third base are complete black holes right now.