R.A. Dickey allowed four runs in six innings against the Indians last week in his rough Blue Jays debut.
On Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, the 38-year-old knuckleballer had an even rougher time.
Dickey gave up five runs in the top of the first inning and was pulled from the game with two outs in the fifth inning after allowing a total of eight runs — seven earned — on 10 Boston hits and two Boston walks.
Dickey has now allowed 12 runs — 10 earned — on 15 hits through 10 2/3 innings with his new team.
It would be foolish to make too much of a couple of ugly starts, but Dickey rarely looked shaky in consecutive games last season. He’ll try to right the ship later this week when he takes on the Royals.
The Red Sox wound up winning Sunday’s series-finale in Toronto by a score of 13-0.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.