It’s bad enough to allow your opposition to score runs. It’s bad enough to allow your opposition to score a lot of runs. It’s even worse to allow your opposition to score a lot of runs while you yourself score absolutely no runs. But one of the worst scenarios is when you allow your opposition to score a lot of runs while you yourself score absolutely no runs because the opposing pitcher is someone who used to pitch for you and is somehow having a great day.
There are various teams in the majors that tend to absorb our players when we allow them to walk or when we trade them away. Oakland has apparently become one of those teams. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Green Sox.
Bartolo Colon held us to zero runs. Meanwhile, Aceves lasted less than four innings; he recorded the first run in the fourth and was taken out in favor of Steven Wright, but both should share in the blame. Aceves had a one-two-three first. It was his first good inning. He gave up a single and a walk in the second but didn’t give up any runs. It was his last good inning. Then he imploded.
Aceves issued a four-pitch walk to open the third. He gave up a single to Coco Crisp and another walk to load the bases. He then walked in the first run of the game; it would be the first of six that inning alone. Yes, walking in a run was embarrassing but, in the grand scheme of how the game turned out, not nearly as embarrassing as how it would end. Aceves finally recorded the inning’s first out but then gave up a single that scored two. Then he balked, which put two runners in scoring position; a sac fly scored one, and a single by Josh Reddick scored the other and put him at second thanks to a throwing error by Aceves himself. Then he balked again, which moved Reddick to third, and he scored on a throwing error. The inning finally ended with a groundout.
Crisp grounded out to open the fourth, and then Aceves went right back to it. He gave up a double and then a home run. Then Jed Lowrie singled, and Wright came in, ending the inning on a double play.
Wright didn’t let any of his inherited runners score. He just put his own runners on base and let them score. He gave up a single to lead off the fifth, struck out Reddick, and issued two consecutive walks. He then gave up a double to Crisp, which scored two, followed by a single, which scored two. Then there was a passed ball, a fielder’s choice, and finally a flyout.
Wright issued two consecutive walks yet again to begin the sixth. He gave up a double to Reddick that scored one and then send the A’s down in order. Wright gave up two singles in the seventh but didn’t allow any runs.
And that’s as far as we got. Rain prevented the playing of the game’s last two innings. I at least would have wanted to see the contest through, but perhaps we’ll be able to draw on the extra rest to win a sorely needed contest at some point. Baseball works in mysterious ways sometimes, but the outcome of this one, at least, was decisive. We lost, thirteen-zip. We had three hits and only one walk; we were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and left four on base. Pedroia, Salty, and Gomes were the ones who singled; nobody hit anything for extra bases. Ellsbury was the one who walked. Aceves took the loss.
In other news, the Flyers beat the Bruins, 5-2.