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And that’s how you know we’re away. We lost. In this particular case, it was close. The final score was 3-1 in favor of the Reds, good for Justin Masterson’s first big-league loss to make his record also 3-1. But what an effort. Not bad for his first career road start in the Major Leagues. Actually, it was his longest start, lasting 6.2 innings. He allowed three runs, two of which were solo homers, on four hits, walked three, and struck out (are you ready for this?) nine batters. So, not bad for his first road start. Not bad at all. And, as always, Red Sox Nation came out in full dress to Great American Ball Park and made themselves heard. In fact, before the game, our old friend Bronson Arroyo told his teammates that Red Sox fans travel farther and much more often than fans of any other team. And he is absolutely right.

But it wasn’t just the loss that was disappointing. It was who we lost to. Aaron Harang’s ERA before the game was very high, and his OPP AVG was .411. This win improves his record to 3-9. I guess the best way to explain it is that Masterson had a good night, but Harang had a great night. Hey, everyone has to lose sometime. What this shows us is that a loss for Masterson is barely a loss. Giving up three runs and losing by a two-run deficit is nothing to be ashamed of.

We did manage to out-hit the Reds, 5-4. Interestingly, though, there were no stolen bases in last night’s contest by either team. That’s rare for us, considering that Ellsbury and Lugo can both fly. Lopez and Aardsma were spot-on. What a great acquisition Aardsma’s become. All three of last night’s Boston pitchers have an ERA under 3.00: 2.90 for Masterson, 2.55 for Lopez, and 2.97 for Aardsma. Not to mention the fact that Aardsma is the only player who’s been able to precede Hank Aaron alphabetically.

After yesterday’s loss, our Interleague record is 31-9 since 2006. Tito even had the pitchers going through some batting exercises. I still maintain that Interleague is good for the team. The National League is not exactly at the same caliber of the American League, proven by the fact that the National League hasn’t won an All-Star Game since 1996. And by the fact that the National League has won only 42 modern World Series titles (since 1903), compared with the American League’s 61.

Wake at Edinson Volquez tonight. Volquez has an ERA of 1.56 and is currently 9-2 on the season. Should be interesting, to say the least.

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