Four Straight Losses And Six Of Seven
This isn't any fun, and I sure hope the Red Sox turn it around and escape Oakland with a victory today. After seven double plays in these last two games and runs you can count on one hand, thumb not included, this is the first major swoon the club has faced this year. Yesterday it was Timmy Wakefield's turn to have a quality start. He went seven innings and allowed only 3 runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. But he had no run support. Again JD Drew sat against a leftie, and again Lugo and Crisp had zero hits. Did Theo pay JD $70 million to be a platoon player? I don't think that was in his original game plan. They represent three guys, one third of the starting line up, who were supposed to provide power and pop to the lineup, but who so far have been more fizzle than pop, more blah than wow, more ho-hum than "standing ovation" game altering base hits. And I will never get used to it. Tito said just yesterday that JD Drew WILL get hot, scorching hot. I'm waiting! We're waiting!! RSN is waiting!!! On the bright side, the Darkman, Hideki Okajima, finished the game flawlessly, but it seems that the team left its lumber back at Fenway, and that's not a good thing.
Get away day is a day game at 3:30 this afternoon, with Curt Schilling, trying to stop this four game freefall, going against the A's righty Blanton. It'll be nice to see a righthander again. It would also be nice to see some crooked numbers up on the scorboard. A lot of them. In the top row, the visiting team's row. Only.
Click on the title for more on this confounding stretch of Sox baseball, written by the Boston Herald's Jeff Horrigan. And if you have a lucky hat or shirt or jacket, or a lucky ANYTHING, bring it out. We need something......just what, I'm not sure. Except maybe 8 or 9 runs in each of the next few games. That'll help!