Thursday, April 08, 2010
The Sox' pitching in defense may prevent opponents from scoring, but get ready to enjoy offensive outings like last night's.
Hey David Ortiz got a single. Yippee. Hooray. And there was much rejoicing.
The Sox squandered plenty of early opportunities, as they've tended to do against Andy Pettitte for the last 10 years. The Sox were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, Ortiz's RBI single providing the lone hit. If the middle of the lineup isn't crushing the ball, this team is sunk.
The Sox had 1 hit in 3 innings of Chan Ho Park relief. Nuf said.
Then there was the bullpen. Scott Schoenweis and Daniel Bard combined to allow the Yankees' tying run. And Papelbon couldn't weasel his way out of the 10th unscathed. I have some serious doubts about Papelbon this year.
At least Lackey looked strong until he approached 100 pitches. I suspect that will change as he's stretched out.
Red Sox @ Royals Friday night, Tim Wakefield against Kyle Davies, who went 8-9 last season.