Well, Britton certainly deserved the blown save as well as the loss he thoroughly earned. He pitched absolutely horribly. And though Peavy’s final line reported six runs on ten hits with two home runs over the course of five innings, a number of those runs actually scored on Britton’s watch. So yes, they were inherited runners, and yes, if Peavy hadn’t let them get on base, then they wouldn’t have scored. But it’s also true that we depend on our relief pitchers to enter difficult situations and get us out of them unscathed. And Britton basically did the exact opposite of that.
We scored first. In the first. With one out, Victorino singled and eventually scored on a single by Nava.
Peavy gave up a solo shot to lead off the second, and he gave up another run thanks to a single-single combination. We took back the lead in the third when homered to center in the third with one out, and then Napoli got hit and scored on a double by Salty. But Peavy caused a tie at three in the bottom of the third when he gave up another solo shot.
And we took the lead back again when Pedroia and Papi hit back-to-back singles and scored on a double by Napoli.
And we gave it up again in the sixth. To be more specific, Peavy gave it up again in the sixth. He gave up three consecutive singles and a walk, and one run scored en route. And then Britton came on. He issued a walk and induced a popout and a sac fly and gave up a single, and three more runs scored. Then Beato came on and gave up a double and a single, and two more runs scored.
And then no other runs scored. Breslow relieved Beato for the eighth. The damage had been done; the Royals scored six runs in the sixth inning alone. And with a final score of 9-6, we lost.