After striking out looking and bouncing out three times, Brock Holt was at a loss.
It wasn’t just his 0-for-4 night, it was the Red Sox’s struggles at the plate as a whole.
White Sox starter Scott Carroll held them to just one hit over 6⅔ innings. The Red Sox mustered just two hits and three walks in their 4-0 loss Monday. The season’s ongoing mystery — when will the Red Sox offense start to consistently click — has been impossible to solve.
“I don’t have any answers,” Holt said. “We’ve got guys up and down the lineup that know what to do and have done it before, but we’re just not getting it done right now. It’s not from lack of work. We’re going out and doing what we’re supposed to do. We’re just not getting the results we want . . .
“Your guess is as good as mine. It seems like everything we hit hard we hit right at guys, and then the balls we don’t hit hard are right at guys. We’ve got guys one through nine that have done it before, that know what to do, that have had success. Just right now, it’s just a struggle.
“We just can’t get anything going. We’re just not getting the results. It’s not anything we’re doing work-wise.”
Carroll sat down 15 of the first 16 Red Sox he saw. The home team didn’t get a ball out of the infield until A.J. Pierzynski shot a sharp ground ball through the right side for a single to lead off the third. Otherwise, the Red Sox’ offensive output amounted to 18 ground balls, 3 line drives, and 2 fly balls.
They were shut out for the ninth time this season. They’ve been blanked five times in the past month. Four of those shutouts have come at Fenway. They were shut out three times at home in the regular season in 2013.
“You guys watch the games,” Holt said. “It’s frustrating for us probably moreso than it is for anyone else. So we’ve just got to figure something out to get some runs on the board.’’
In Clay Buchholz’s third start since coming off the disabled list, he brushed off a solo homer by Adam Dunn in the second inning and a three-run homer by Dayan Viciedo two innings later, to throw seven solid innings, but he couldn’t get any run support. Their two hits matched a season low, set twice already this season.
“It’s really frustrating,” Holt said. “Especially tonight. Buchholz threw a good game, gave up two home runs, but we weren’t able to get anything going. Two hits. Two singles.
“It’s frustrating for us as an offense to have those guys bust their butts for us every night and give us a chance to win, but we can’t get anything going offensively.
“It’s been like that with [Jake] Peavy, with [John] Lackey, with [Jon] Lester, with everyone. But, like I said, we’re going out and doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re just not getting the results.”
Over the past 21 games, the Sox are hitting .230, averaging just three runs a night and leaving nearly seven runners on base.
But even as losers of five of their last six coming in, the Red Sox had reason to believe the offense was coming around after scoring 22 runs in their past four games.
But they again found themselves waiting in vain for things to start breaking their way.
“You feel like that, but it hasn’t for us yet,” Holt said. “The more it happens, the more frustrating it gets. So we’ve just got to figure out a way to get that one big hit, lead to another big hit and hopefully things will start rolling for us. But right now, it’s just not going our way.”