The Red Sox have scored only 10 runs in their last five games, but perceive that to be nothing more than a mini-slump.
We’re getting guys on, we’re just not getting that hit with guys in scoring position, Holt said. That’ll turn.
Xander Bogaerts led off the 12th with a single against Mychal Givens (0-3), and the Red Sox loaded the bases before Holt broke the scoreless deadlock with a fly to center. Bradley followed with a fly ball to score Rafael Devers, who had doubled.
You don’t want to fall below .500 now, but you know there is still a lot of time to get things going and make runs like teams have already done, catcher Chris Iannetta said.
Marte’s home run gave him 10 straight hits for extra bases, which tied a club record. His sixth-inning single ended the streak.
I never think about it, Marte said. After the game somebody told me.
We were excited about the prospect of getting him back in a few days, but like we said before, we can’t let these injuries stop us from doing what we need to do, Callaway said. We have other major league players that can step up and get the job done, and that’s what we need to do.
Cespedes, a two-time All-Star, is batting .255 with eight homers and 28 RBIs this season. He was limited by leg injuries to 81 games last season and has had trouble staying on the field for the Mets since he signed a $110 million, four-year contract in November 2016.
I think that when he initially went on the disabled list, it was to knock this completely out so he can come back and be the healthy player he wants to be. I think as this continues to move forward and if it continues to drag on that there has to be a level of understanding of things you’re talking about, like, it may be something that you battle throughout the rest of your career, Callaway said. But I don’t think we’re at that place yet. So I think that the goal is still to get him to where he can go out there and feel normal.
General manager Sandy Alderson has called Cespedes’ condition somewhat chronic, and already there has been talk about the outfielder moving to first base at some point to preserve his legs.
I think first and foremost we’re trying to get a healthy left fielder back, and then maybe we can consider other options after that, Callaway said.