Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Lackey Lacking As Sox Fall To Rays (12-15)
Last night the Red Sox played the Rays and lost 4-7 in a game that seemed like a landslide. The Red Sox offense was practically dead other than a 3-run homer by Aaron Bates (right), who is now .286/1/4 this spring. Dustin Pedroia also had 2 doubles yesterday, raising his batting average to .311 on this recent tear. John Lackey did not pitch a good game, plain and simple. He allowed 5 runs through 5.1 innings, earning the loss, and is now 2-1/3.43/10 this spring, as overall he has been good. Today, the Sox will send Clay Buchholz, who has been great this spring, out to the mound to face the Marlins, who they are 1-1 against this spring. The Red Sox had better reverse this 6-game skid because it is beginning to depress me that they are losing more when they play their starters than they did without.