June 18, 2024

The Boston Red Sox had the most productive starting rotation in the MLB this season. That has had some difficult outings in recent weeks.

The Cardinals did it to Boston starter Brayan Bello, allowing three home runs in the Red Sox’s 10-6 loss.

Bello failed to complete five innings in his second start after coming from the injured list. The majority of Bello’s issues on Friday stemmed from missed sinker spots and an inability to miss bats with his changeup, a combination he has regularly relied on since the beginning of his career with the Red Sox.

“The changeup wasn’t good today,” Cora told reporters during NESN’s postgame coverage. “It was difficult for him to get some swings and misses. It felt like the slider was superior to the changeup. He got through it. Looking back over the game, the changeup caused the most damage. He didn’t feel like it tonight.”

 

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“It was a bad outing,” Bello told reporters via translator Carlos Villoria, as broadcast on NESN’s postgame coverage. “The squad did all necessary to score runs and provided me with run support. I was unable to make the adjustment tonight. It was a poor experience.”

The Cardinals scored their most runs of the season in an unusual outing for the Red Sox given the consistency of the starting rotation for the majority of the season.

Here are further notes from Friday’s Red Sox-Cardinals game:

 

 

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