Honestly, I can’t even believe this. This is so much like our opening of the season that it seriously scares me to watch us play these days. Remember in April when we’d lose strings of games, then have a ridiculously good game, and then lose more strings of games? Yeah. Sounds a little too familiar, doesn’t it.
In the latest frustration, we lost, 9-2. It didn’t matter that another great play at the plate was made to get Johnny Damon. Honestly it’s never good to lose but I don’t think it would be as bad if we lost to a team that wasn’t the Rays (or the Yankees, but in this case we played the Rays). Kyle Weiland started and took the loss. He only lasted three innings. He gave up four runs on three hits, thanks in part to a three-run home run with two out in the third. The other run was scored right before the home run as a result of an RBI single. So all four runs were given up in the third. And it all started in the worst possible way: a piece of bat from that single went through Scutaro’s legs, which distracted him from the ball. Before that, Weiland had faced the minimum in the game’s first two frames. He walked two and struck out one. By all accounts, he ended up being horrendous.
Obviously the bullpen wasn’t much better. Trever Miller pitched a scoreless forth despite inheriting two baserunners. Atchison pitched a scoreless fifth. Morales gave up two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run home run. Then Albers gave up three runs, two of which were the result of a two-run home run. Then Andrew Miller and Bowden finished off the game.
The offensive report is clearly going to be short. We had the bases loaded with one out in the third and scored once when Gonzalez grounded out. We had runners at the corners with two out in the ninth, and a single by McDonald brought in our second and final run. Other than those two innings, we either went down in order or something pretty close to it. Papi and Scutaro with two hits each posted our only multi-hit games.
We have thirteen games left to play. Beckett is starting the first of those today. Let’s turn this around now.