The Boston Red Sox missed a golden opportunity to climb a little closer to wild card contention on Sunday, August 25th, falling to the San Diego Padres 3-1 in the final game of the 3 game series. The 3 teams all ahead of Boston in the Wild Card hunt, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Oakland all lost on Sunday.

Brian Johnson's 1st inning woes continued for the Red Sox. Johnson starting in place of David Price allowed 3 runs in the 1st inning. He lasted 3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs while striking out 1 and walking 3.

The relief corps consisting of Ryan Braiser (1 inning), Andrew Cashner (2 innings), Marcus Walden (1 inning) and Matt Barnes (1 inning) was brilliant, limiting the Padres to just 1 hit over the final 5 innings.

The Red Sox only managed 4 hits. The big hit was JD Martinez with his 31st homer, a solo shot in the 4th inning.

The problem was the 1-2-3  batters, as Mookie Betts (0-3), Rafael Devers (0-4) and Xander Bogaerts (0-3) were a combined 0-10

Jackie Bradley Jr. had a highlight reel catch in centerfield

Boston is now 70-62 and the "tragic number" for when they are eliminated from wild card contention is 25 games. They are 6 games out of the final wild card spot.

Boston is off on Monday, August 26th. They will head to Colorado to take on the Rockies in a 2 game series starting on Tuesday, August 27th. Rick Porcello is scheduled to start with the pregame starting at 7:40 and 1st pitch at 8:40. Hear this and every Red Sox  game on  AM 1370 WDEA in the Ellsworth and Bar Harbor area and The Rock 101.9 FM, WOZI in Presque Isle.

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