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July 8, 2014

Red Sox' offense sinks to new lows in loss to rookie Carroll

BOSTON — It probably can't get any more embarrassing for the Red Sox than mustering just one hit in 6.2 innings against Scott Carroll.

Who's Scott Carroll?

He's a 29-year-old rookie who entered last night's game with a 5.05 ERA. He's the same Scott Carroll who posted a 4.82 ERA in 63 Triple-A appearances, including 37 starts.

Boston stroked just two hits against three Chicago pitchers and fell 11 games below .500 with a 4-0 loss to the White Sox here yesterday.

Want to lower your ERA? Well then, come to Fenway to pitch against the Red Sox.

"I think 18 outs on the ground, which I think is uncharacteristic of this team but it speaks to the downward action (of) the their pitchers," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But tonight we didn't produce offensively."

This marks the ninth time the Red Sox have been shut out in 2014 and the third time they have have been limited to just two hits. They have been shut out at Fenway four times after being shut out just three times at home all of last year.

"I think there's a shared frustration," Farrell said. "We all win together, we all loss together. I can tell you this: We didn't give at-bats away tonight. First time we've seen him (Carroll). That's not an excuse. And yet you watch the effort that's given in the batter's box and guys are putting together whatever at-bat they can on a given night. But he threw a lot of strikes, kept the ball down in the zone and stayed out of the middle of the plate, evident by the number of ground balls generated."

Jackie Bradley Jr. was the lone bright spot. He has been hitting better of late. The rookie center fielder went 1 for 2 with a walk and has hit safely in five straight games. He is 7 for his past 16 with two doubles, three walks and four runs.

He also has reached base multiple times in each of his past three games and is batting .304 over his past 14 games.

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