Photo by Kelly O'Connor of

Photo by Kelly O’Connor of

The newly crowned last place Red Sox opened up a 4 game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Clay Buchholz made his third start since returning from the disabled list, and was opposed by Chicago’s sinker-baller Scott Carroll. Home runs victimized Buchholz early on and proved to be the difference in the game, as the Red Sox starter served up a solo blast to Adam Dunn in the second inning, and a 3-run shot to Dayan Viciedo in the fourth inning. Also hampering an otherwise decent start by Buchholz was the Red Sox lack of offense. After 6 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball from Carroll the White Sox bullpen blanked Boston and preserved the 4-0 win for Chicago. An uneventful recap for an uneventful game.

  • Overall, the Red Sox offense has been abysmal all season long, but perhaps highlighting the Red Sox offensive struggles has been the teams lack of outfield power. Entering Monday, Boston’s outfield power numbers match-up with some of the worst outfields in Red Sox history. (Historic power outage in Sox outfield)
  • Who knows where this Red Sox team would be with a healthy Shane Victorino. After a terrific 2013 campaign, Boston’s right-fielder has spent the majority of the 2014 season on the disabled list with a plethora of injuries. On Wednesday, Victorino will begin his second rehab start of the season with the single-A Lowell Spinners. (Shane Victorino to begin another rehab assignment with Lowell)