Last night’s game did not help the standings cause at all, people. Not at all. Toronto is not a team that we should be playing this month. I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but whenever we’re in the middle of trying to win the division, Toronto always has to do something to make it complicated.
Miller started again and took the loss. He gave up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three over five innings. All five of the runs were scored via the home run; there was a three-runner and two solo shots. He threw ninety-three pitches, fifty-five of which were strikes. Clearly this was a far cry from his gem of a start two outings ago. But it wasn’t just him. Bowden allowed a solo shot, and although he was the only Red Sox pitcher to allow a run but not via a homer, Doubront still let one plate. Albers was the only one of our pitchers who allowed no runs, period, and he didn’t even pitch an entire inning.
We didn’t score until the seventh. It was inning after inning after inning of one runner on base or no runner on base. The seventh didn’t even start out too swimmingly; Lowrie grounded out. Tek walked, and Reddick flied out. McDonald singled, Ellsbury singled in Tek, and Scutaro cleared the bases with a single. He moved to second on the throw, and Pedroia stepped up to bat. Naturally we assumed that the rally would continue. Instead, he ended the inning with a groundout and finished the series one for nineteen. We went down in order in the eighth before Tek led off the ninth with a home run on a high fastball to right. Actually, the ball was so high that if he didn’t touch it, it probably would have been called a ball. But he crushed it into the second deck. Incidentally, if I were Frank Francisco, I would stop thinking that I could get away with throwing fastballs to our lineup.
So we lost, 7-4. Toronto posted three more runs and three more hits than we did, and they left three fewer runners on base. Ellsbury went two for five, and Scutaro had another great night, going three for four with two RBIs. That was it for multi-hit games.
We’ve lost seven of our last ten games and all of our last three series. We are currently two and a half games behind the Yankees. The Yankees lost yesterday also, which is why that didn’t change, but we’re already into September. The regular season will be over in a matter of weeks. Every game counts, and we can’t afford to increase our number in the loss column.