Thursday, September 22, 2011

Red Sox Show Ability to Lose The Same Way Twice (88-68)

The Orioles took an early lead in the 1st inning, as Mark Reynolds sent a homer close to the third base line to make it 1-0. After a leadoff triple in the 3rd, Carl Crawford scored on a ground ball to 2nd by Jason Varitek. In the 4th, it was Carl Crawford who drove in the runs, driving a double off the green monster to score two and make it 3-1 Red Sox. Later in the inning, David Ortiz singled into right field to score another run and make it 4-1. In the 6th, Robert Andino scored on a single up the middle by J.J. Hardy to make it a slightly closer game. However, in the 7th, the big blow was delivered as Mark Reynolds lifted a ball to left-center to make it 4-4. Unfortunately, the big blow of the game came in the 8th inning, a 2-run single by Vladimir Guerrero that would put the game away at 6-4.
      Josh Beckett was not at his best, giving up 6 runs in 7 1/3 innings, while striking out 8. He was relieved by Alfredo Aceves with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-4 and scored a run in a pretty good game. David Ortiz went 1-4 with an RBI single. Carl Crawford (left) was really the only offensive bright spot, going 3-4 and falling a home run shy of the cycle as well as scoring a run and driving 2 in, he is now .259/11/55 this season, as he has majorly failed to live up to expectations. The Red Sox will have an off day today and look to recover before sending Jon Lester (15-8/3.15/174) will go against a Yankees starter to be announced.

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 1 2/3 scoreless innings
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with a run scored
David Ortiz- 1-4 with an RBI
Carl Crawford- 3-4 with a run, 2 RBIs, a double, and a triple

Dull Spots:
Josh Beckett- he did not give them a good chance to win, allowing 6 runs in 7 1/3 innings
Josh Reddick- 0-4 with 2 LOB
Marco Scutaro- 0-3 with a strikeout and 2 LOB

This was a bad game, and to top it off, the Yankees clinched the AL East.


  1. Though the Yanks clinched, they did it while protecting our wildcard position. Yes, it's that time of year where Red Sox fans can occasionally be overheard quietly muttering "Yes!" when the Yankees we are typically fighting to remain in contention. This season has been like a soggy oreo - a solid middle sandwiched between two disappointing meltdowns.

    Great post, Conor.

  2. Consistency! No, really. I have made an important decision. We are winning tomorrow. So we need no more talk of these sad things.