SEATTLE — It wasn’t the worst road trip in franchise history. But it sure felt that way to the Red Sox. They lost, 2-1, against Seattle on Wednesday night to finish a 1-8 trip to Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle.
“It’s time to go home,” said Aaron Cook, who took the loss despite giving up two runs over six innings. “Bad, bad trip.”
Consider these horrifying statistics from the trip:
• The Sox were 67 of 300 (.223) with 21 runs. They managed only 12 extra-base hits and walked only 17 times.
“We’re on the bases trying to create stuff there. I just think our pitch selection right now has to get a little better and I believe it will,” Bobby Valentine said. “They’re taking strikes early and swinging at balls. They’re not getting that right pitch to hit.”
• The Sox were 9 of 60 (.150) with runners in scoring position.
• The pitchers had a 7.45 earned run average and allowed 15 home runs.
“Not a very good road trip, obviously,” Valentine said. “One of the worst I’ve ever experienced.”
The Sox start a six-game homestand on Friday against John Farrell and the last-place Toronto Blue Jays. Then the Yankees come in. The 63-75 Sox have 24 games remaining — 13 on the road and 15 against teams competing for a playoff spot.
“I’d like us to play together and show that we’ve got a lot of pride,” Valentine said. “I think we do and I think we’ll grind it out. Be a spoiler on that way, that would be fun, too.”