Wednesday, July 01, 2009
The Red Sox are an historical team, and often find themselves in historic moments. Unfortunately, Tuesday night was one of those history making moments.
The Red Sox had a 10-1 lead, and blew it. Partially to blame is the weather. John Smoltz was cruising, 1 earned run through 4 innings of work and only 52 pitches thrown through those 4 innings. Then came the rain, delaying the game for 71 minutes. Justin Masterson took Smoltz's place, and did well for 2 innings, then fell apart. And then everyone gave up runs and couldn't get outs.
It was one of the most painful losses I've seen the Red Sox endure in regular season play. It's such a giveaway. But it is one game. One of 162.
On the bright side, Smoltz looked terrific. I was very curious to see him go through the lineup a 3rd time, to see how he'd do. But if you throw away his 1st inning last start, he's allowed 2 earned runs in 8 innings.
Justin Masterson: 0.6
Hideki Okajima: 0.3
Takashi Saito: 0.1
Man of the Game:
The Red Sox and Orioles play the rubber game Wednesday night. Josh Beckett faces Brad Bergesen.
AP Photo/Nick Wass