Red Sox Lose 3-2 to Royals, Steven Wright’s Start a Bright Spot

Steven Wright (pictured above) went the distance but absorbed a 3-2 loss against the Kansas City Royals on May 18, 2016 in Kansas City. photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

Technically speaking, there’s no way a 3-2 loss can be called a “win.”

Wednesday afternoon the Red Sox lost the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals by a score of 3-2.

It was the second loss in a row for the Red Sox, the first time that’s happened since May 6, May 7 when they lost back-to-back games in the Bronx against the Yankees.

There were a few positive developments though.

Jackie Bradley Jr extended his season-high hitting streak to 23 games.

Chris Young hit his first home run of the season. That’s notable because his blast means the Red Sox have now homered in 18 consecutive games. The team’s longest streak since 1996 when Mo Vaughn was the Red Sox primary power source.

The most encouraging aspect of the loss came courtesy of starting pitcher Steven Wright.

Wright was coming off his worst start of the season.

A solid start would have been fine, and it was for the most part a solid outing. Eric Hosmer launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. From that point on Wright allowed one earned run and only three more hits.

The best part of Wright’s start was the length of the outing. Wright went the distance. It was his second complete game of the season, eight inning, five hits, three earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts.

It wasn’t a shutout, it wasn’t even a win, but anytime a team has a doubleheader scheduled, not having to use your bullpen in the first game, makes the second game a lot less daunting.

With David Price on the mound for the nightcap, the Red Sox would love to be able to avoid having to use their pen a ton. Now, thanks in large part to Wright’s 101-pitch effort earlier this afternoon, if Red Sox manager John Farrell does need to call upon the bullpen, he can do so without having to worry about who he used earlier in the day.

Wright’s effectiveness, combined with his durability have been a tremendous find for the Red Sox this season. In this day and age of pitch counts, innings limits and bullpen specialists, a starting pitcher who can go the distance with any sort of regularity is real luxury for any team.

Steven Wright appears to be that guy for the Red Sox. He’s ranked sixth in the American League in innings pitched and he’s been good enough to make one think that he’s going to be able to go deep into games with a fair degree of regularity.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Kansas City, first pitch is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

David Price (5-1, 6.00) is on the mound for the Red Sox. Edinson Volquez (4-3, 3.51) is on the mound for the Royals.

About the Author

Ben Shapiro
Red Sox columnist for ESPN New Hampshire. Originally from Western Massachusetts, I currently live in New York City with my wife and dog. I've previously written for Huffington Post, Bleacher Report and MassLive.com

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