Last night Koji Uehara allowed 3 earned runs in the 8th inning and cost the Red Sox a desperately needed victory. I would love to say this was a strange anomaly, but it was actually the 5th time Uehara has allowed at least 2 earned runs in the 8th inning this season. The overworked righty has a 4.78 era and has allowed 14 earned runs in just 26.1 inning pitched.
The Red Sox are really feeling the loss of Carson Smith for the season. Smith was supposed to be another 7th/8th inning reliever to take the pressure and strain off of the aging Uehara and Junichi Tazawa, but after having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is lost for the year. The Red Sox need another reliable arm in the bullpen, because as the season wears on, there is an even more likely chance that the 41-year old Uehara will breakdown, especially after being overworked in 2013 (74.1 IP) and 2014 (64.1 IP).
The loss really hurts the Red Sox who have now lost 3 straight, dropped 2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and sit just 0.5 game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for 2nd place in the AL East. The Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games an headed in the wrong direction.