Everything was a fail. The hitting was a fail, and the pitching was a fail. We didn’t make an error, so I guess the fielding wasn’t a fail. But I just don’t understand why we can’t seem to do things right lately. It’s like we’re right back where we started the season; scoring opportunities don’t come as consistently as they should, and we don’t take advantage of them when they do. Meanwhile, we’re not matching good offense with good pitching in order to secure the likely wins.
On top of that, there’s more bad news on the injury front. Bedard strained his left lat, Youk is back in Boston for an MRI on his hip, and Lackey had to come out of the game after three innings with a bruised left calf. With the bases loaded and two out in the inning, he was hit by a hard liner by John Jaso. He ended the inning by firing to first, but that was it. On the bright side, Buchholz has quietly been making progress.
Even though Lackey’s pitching hasn’t been stellar to say the least, we don’t actually want him to be on the DL, especially not when Bedard is also on the DL. Having too many pitchers is a good problem to have, and Tito will deal with it. We don’t want injuries to make the managing decisions.
In those three innings, Lackey gave up five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two. He gave up a two-run home run to who but Jaso. He threw sixty-nine pitches, forty-one of which were strikes. Atchison, who was called up again, relieved him and gave up two more runs. Doubront and Morales finished it off scorelessly. Meanwhile, Wade Davis went the distance.
We didn’t send more than the minimum to the plate until the fifth, when we sent four; Crawford singled. We finally got on the board in the sixth, when we scored our only runs of the game. Reddick singled to lead it off, Salty doubled, Ellsbury singled in Reddick, Scutaro scored Salty on a sac fly, and then Gonzalez lined out and Pedroia struck out. Then we went down in order in the seventh, we sent up one above the minimum again in the eighth because Reddick singled, and then we went down in order in the ninth.
Thus, only Reddick had a multi-hit night; he went two for three. Salty’s double was our only extra-base hit. We left only three on base and went a perfect one for only one with runners in scoring position. The final score was 7-2, and with the injuries I have to say it’s not looking good.