Ugh. Another crushing loss. You know it’s bad when you go home and can’t seem to dig yourself out of your slump and instead start a new losing streak. As if we haven’t had the indication that it’s bad from the fact that it’s September and we’re in last place.
Dice-K did not do well. As in, he really, really, really did not do well. He gave up five runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two, and he only lasted one and one-third innings.
He issued his walk in the first but otherwise sailed right through it. All five of his runs were scored in the second. It was a complete transformation from good to bad that occurred immediately. His first pitch of the inning was hit for a solo shot, and his third pitch of the inning was hit for a single. Then he hit a batter and gave up a double that scored one and a single that scored two. The next runner that would score stole second, moved to third on Lavarnway’s throwing error, and came home on a sac fly. Dice-K then allowed another single before being replaced by Aceves.
Aceves finished the second and got through the third and fourth in solid fashion. Miller breezed through the fifth, and Melancon breezed through the sixth and seventh.
Meanwhile, the hitters were completely quiet. They did nothing. And they squandered the few opportunities that they did manage to create. We went down in order in the first and third, but Lavarnway walked in the second, Ellsbury singled and Ross got hit in the fourth, and we didn’t convert those. We finally did manage to get on the board in the fifth. Lavarnway walked to lead it off, Aviles singled, Lavarnway scored on a single by Podsednik, Iglesias popped out and Podsednik got doubled off at first, and then Aviles scored on a single by Ciriaco.
It turns out that those two runs would be our only ones of the game. That was the difference between us and the Jays last night. Their one bad inning yielded two runs; our one bad inning yielded five and we weren’t even done.
Padilla came on for the eighth and allowed three straight singles, which brought in another run. And Bailey came on for the ninth and gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run home run. So after all the hype that Dice-K would bring an end to our slump and after all the rain delays, which lasted a grand total of 123 minutes, the final score, therefore, was 9-2.
Be mindful of this, folks: if Bobby V. chooses to shut Dice-K down for the remainder of the season, this may very well have been the last appearance he will make for us. He’ll be a free agent this offseason, and something tells me that the brass may decide go to in a new direction.