We played a good game, the key word there being “good,” as opposed to “great,” “wonderful,” “spectacular,” and “awesome.” Our game was good but not good enough. We can’t win at home, and apparently, so far on this road trip, we can’t win away either.
Beckett pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on six hits. He threw ninety-seven pitches, walked one, struck out five, and took the loss in his first start against his former team. Mostly he was the victim of one bad inning, and he didn’t waste any time getting into it. It was the first inning. He gave up a triple, a sac fly, a groundout, a single, a double, a single, and a groundout, all of which resulted in three runs scored. Had those three runs not scored, there is always the chance that we’d still be playing baseball.
Beckett allowed an RBI single in the second for his fourth and final run. The Marlins then went down in order in each of all but one of the rest of his innings, the one being the seventh, during which he gave up his only walk. Melancon relieved him and pitched a one-two-three eighth.
Unfortunately, in addition to our meek and timid work on the mound, we also didn’t put up much of a fight at the plate. We scored a grand total of one run, and that was in the sixth; Beckett struck out to lead it off, and then Podsednik singled, Pedroia doubled, and Gonzalez hit a sac fly. Papi flied out to end the inning. We hardly threatened before or after the sixth.
So we lost, 4-1. We collected five hits, only one of which was for extra bases: that double by Pedroia. Only three members of our lineup even had hits at all; not surprisingly, Beckett was not one of them. In addition to Pedroia, it was Sweeney and Podsednik, who went three for four for our only multi-hit performance of the game. Pedroia and Gonzalez drew our only walks.
Our record is twenty-nine and thirty-two. We are three games below .500 and in last place in our division, six and a half games out of first. There is no disputing the fact that the situation is dire and has been basically since the season first started. I’ll be taking a break of about ten days, and after that time I very, very, very, very much hope to find the team in a much better state.