Boston Red Sox fell to yet another home defeat in the season openers, this against the Texas Rangers 10-7, and Jonny Gomes explained his team’s all-round performance was not good enough.
Gomes could not pinpoint any particular areas where his times were struggling.
Speaking to the Boston Herald, Gomes said: “I don’t think we are scuffing. I just don’t think we’ve started yet. It’s too early in the season offensively, defensively, pitching, to say we are scuffing.
“We just have to put a positive nine innings together and then we’ll roll.”
The current World Series Champions have struggled at Fenway Park with last night’s loss adding to their abysmal early season home form at 1-5.
The Red Sox have a chance to restore some pride in front of their fans tonight with the series finisher against the Texans before they travel to face the New York Yankees.
But Gomes refused to be disheartened. He added: “I like where we are at and if we can score seven runs with five double plays, I think we are scratching the surface of some things on the positive side.”
The 33-year-old left fielder signed for the Red Sox last year after a move from the Oakland Athletics and has only known success at Fenway Park.
The extravagant player recently made headline news when his side visited the President at the White House when Gomes turned up in a stars and striped-cladded suit and offered to give one to Barak Obama as a present.
But Gomes and co. will be desperate to leave Fenway Park as winners before they take on the Yankees in a four-game series in New York.
The Red Sox will need a serious improvement in performance if they are to overcome the Rangers tonight. In the last game Felix Doubront had a game to forget as the Sox grounded five double plays which was one off equalling the club record and only two away from matching the major league record.
The 10-7 defeat marked their fourth loss at home in five games which has given Fenway it’s first losing homestand of the season. It is an event which only occurred twice all of last season and one the Fenway Park crowd will want to avoid if their team can go all the way again.
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