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Morning sports update: Frustrated Alex Cora used extra innings loss to summarize disappointing Red Sox season

"It’s been like that the whole season."

Alex Cora during the 2019 season. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Red Sox lost to the Giants in the early hours of Wednesday morning 7-6 in 15 innings. Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski was there to see his grandson hit a home run for San Francisco.

Alex Cora cites loss against Giants as a microcosm for the season: The challenges of repeating as World Series champion have been thoroughly demonstrated by the 2019 Red Sox. The team never find its stride after a tough start, and suffered another close and tough loss in the early hours of Wednesday after 15 innings against the Giants produced a 7-6 defeat.

Boston manager Alex Cora used his postgame press conference to vent about problems he’s seen all season. Cora cited specific circumstances from the game as a wider explanation for the team’s underachievement.


“If you can [summarize] our season in six hours, it was right there, honestly,” said Cora. “Close games, we didn’t hit with men in scoring position, we didn’t pitch well in the beginning but then we pitched well. We played good defense but then we didn’t. Honestly, if you want to put everything in six hours, it’s right there. I was watching, I was like, long game, extra-inning games, using the bullpen knowing we have a bullpen day maybe tomorrow, it’s been like that the whole season. That’s how I felt.”

Boston is already eliminated from contention in the American League East, and is likely to be formally eliminated from wild card contention by the end of the week (currently trailing the Rays by nine games).

Trivia: Heading into Sunday’s clash with the Jets, the Patriots are 23-point favorites due to New England’s dominance and also New York’s injury problems at the quarterback position. According to Pro Football Reference, the last time the Patriots were favored by at least 20 points was in a 2011 game against the 0-11 Colts. Who started that game at quarterback for Indianapolis?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He’s now an ESPN analyst, and also played for the 0-16 Lions in 2008.


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Trivia answer: Dan Orlovsky