Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I'm running out of headlines that basically say "That was a frustrating experience." After going up 3-0 in the 1st, the Red Sox fell behind 5-3 in the 3rd, and that was about it. A Sox run in the 8th made it a 5-4 Oriole win.
Another point of frustration was the way guys wearing Red Sox uniforms dropped like flies out of this game. Francona didn't manage (although his absence was due to his mother-in-law dying, so that's not frustrating), JD Drew sprained his wrist in the 3rd inning. Coco Crisp left with a tummy ache in the 6th, and Ortiz was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the 9th.
Beckett had an uncharacteristically poor outing, giving up 11 hits and 4 runs in 5.2 innings. The big hit was a 3 run Luke Scott homerun with 2 outs in the 3rd. In fact, every Oriole run came with 2 outs.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox had trouble delivering with 2 outs. Mike Lowell was 0 for 5, and left 3 men in scoring position with 2 outs. As a team, the Sox left 10 men on base.
But on the bright side, Delcarmen pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings, and Aardsma tossed a perfect 8th, so things aren't all gloom and doom from this irritating defeat.
Jon Lester goes against Daniel Cabrera Wednesday night. This might be a tough one as Cabrera is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA
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