And the bad news just keeps on coming. If we’re going to have a blockbuster September, it’s going to have to start today because it sure didn’t start yesterday or the day before. We lost again.
Dice-K failed yet again. So just to be clear, if it wasn’t clear enough already, Dice-K’s norm is being a fail, and when he has a good start, it’s a reason to celebrate. So basically, in failing, Dice-K was normal. That says something really sad, doesn’t it.
He began his start with a seven-pitch walk to Coco Crisp and followed that with a home run for two runs. He then gave up a solo shot in the second. He opened the third inning with another seven-pitch walk to Crisp, followed by a single and then a sac fly that brought in one run; one out later, he gave up a single and then a walk to load the bases. Fortunately, he only gave up a single that scored one run in that situation. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things because, all else being equal, we would have lost anyway regardless of how many runs he allowed at that point. The bases were loaded again in the fourth with one out, and again Dice-K limited but did not prevent the damage; he induced a groundout that scored one.
All told, he gave up six runs on seven hits over the course of three and two-thirds innings. He walked four, struck out four, and took a well-deserved loss.
And then Miller replaced him and pitched the rest of the fourth as well as the fifth. Breslow pitched a one-two-three sixth, Tazawa pitched a one-two-three seventh, and Melancon pitched the eighth.
Meanwhile, yet again, there is not much offense to report. The only innings during which we had more than one runner on base were the innings during which we scored, and those were few and far between. To be exact, there were only two of them. That’s two innings during which we scored as well as a grand total of two runs scored; we spent more than half the game, five innings to be exact, going down in order.
Thanks two a walk and two back-to-back singles, it was our turn to load the bases with one out in the sixth. Ross singled in Ciriaco from first, and Podsednik tried to score from second but was out at home. And then Pedroia led off the ninth with a double, moved to third on a groundout by Ross, and scored on a sac fly by Gomez.
Pedroia had our only multihit game, and it was a great game at that. He went three for four. But it wasn’t enough. The final score was 6-2. So after being swept by the Angels, we also got swept by the A’s. That means that we are nursing a six-game losing streak, the longest we’ve had all season long. In those six games, we have only scored fifteen runs.