Last Friday, the Red Sox began a 13-day stretch in which they will play 11 games on the road, all against contenders. If they come out ahead it will be impressive.
They started off strong in Detroit beating the Tigers last Friday night 7-2. David Ortiz was the star of the night smashing two long home runs with 4 RBIs on the night. His first home run went 450 feet and the second 400 feet. It was his 2nd multi home run game of the season and 36th of his career. Where are all you “haters” now?
In my opinion the Red Sox have suffered three devastating losses this year and Saturday’s game was one of them. The second, being the suspended rain game against Tampa Bay when they Sox had bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the 1oth. And the third, came this week against the Yankees and will be touched upon in my next blog.
Jon Lester had a five run lead but somehow the Sox managed to give this game away losing in 12 innings 7-6. Going into the sixth, Lester was throwing a one hitter and up 6-1. By the end of the inning he gave up three hits making it 6-4. The bullpen can take all the blame on this one. Hideki Okajima who hadn’t given up a run in his previous 6 outings gave up 2 runs in 4 batters tying the game 6-6. Jonathan Papelbon came in to relieve him having his longest outing since 2006 and pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings. The bottom of the 12th the Sox bullpen couldn’t keep them off the bases. Ramon Ramirez came in with runners on first and third. He walked Brandon Inge loading the bases, and struck out Alex Avila. With 2 outs he walked in the winning run and the city of Boston suffered their second crushing loss in two days. The Sox drew 12 walks that night but left 13 runners on base. Yikes!
Blowing leads in Boston has become quite the theme lately. I am still trying to get over the devastating loss by the the Bruins. They were up 3 games to none, only to have the Flyers tie up the series forcing a Game 7 last Friday. I was at that game. Talk about the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Game 7 replicated the entire series jumping out to an early 3-0 lead only to lose 4-3. I bet the Yankees are happy to be passing on the “biggest choke in history” torch.
The Red Sox went on to drop Sunday’s game in Detroit 5-1. They were flat and appeared to have no energy. I think they were mentally drained from the set back the previous night. It would have been huge to take two out of three from Detroit but instead they dropped two out of three.
This truly is a roller coaster season. Just when things are looking up, it changes at the blink of an eye.
About the Author
Written by "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek
I was born a sports fan. Playing soccer, basketball and softball in high school, then moving on to play Div. II softball at Keene State on partial scholarship. In 2003, our team was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame. GO OWLS! I am a die hard Red Sox, Patriots and UNC Tar Heel hoop fan. Most of my friends call me Baseball Brenda because when it comes to ranking my priorities in life, the Red Sox always are first on the list. I average about 40 games a year and I have attended every home playoff game since moving back to MA in 2005. I am super competitive and excel at anything you can win at :) Horseshoes, ping pong, darts, pool, cornhole, and bowling. Always love a good challenge. I play a lot of golf in the summer and a lot of fantasy sports. I am always looking to meet local Sox fans so look me up on Facebook.