Mediocre Pitching And Light Hitting Add Up To Another Red Sox Loss...Toronto 5 Boston 3
Four hits just aren't going to win many ballgames for the Boston Red Sox. Indeed, they haven't scored more than three runs in what seems like ages. Saturday afternoon, even though they scored three runs in the first couple innings, goose eggs the rest of the way added up to another loss to Toronto, a team that had lost nine stright games before the Sox waltzed into town. Brad Penny was his usual self, going six full and surrendering three runs, two of them earned, giving up ten hits, striking out five and walking none. Ramon Ramirez was the first guy out of the bullpen and was uncharacterisically bad, seemingly without a steady rythym. He gave up the other two Jays' runs. Okie and Delcarmen finished the last 2 1/3 scoreless innings, but with four hits for the day, Boston was doomed. Dustin Pedroia had this to say about his team's featherwight hitting...
“I think we got three hits today or whatever it was (it was four), but we need to find a way to score runs because we’re not winning many games right now and we need to start,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “It’s not early anymore. We’ve played 50 games, so we need to start doing some things offensively.”
You said it all, Pedey, you said it all. Boston plays its last game of this road trip this afternoon with Jon Lester ready to face Ricky Romero. Too many times recently, the Red Sox have made a mediocre pitcher look like a world-beater. That will change. Lester wants to rebound from a lackluster effort last time. It would be nice to jet home to Boston with one more win under our belts. The team has been playing near or a little less than .500 baseball since their huge winning streak...that HAS to change. SOON. The pinstripers won once again so we're 1 1/2 games out of first place. That'll change, too.
I hope you have a great Sunday with beaches, baseball, swimming and/or grilling in your plans. It will be a beautiful day in the low 70s here in north central Connecticut and I plan to make the most of it. It's a little chilly now but the sun is almost as strong as it gets all year on this last day of May, so those temperatures will zoom upwards once that sun is higher in the sky. Sunrise was only one hour ago so there's a lot of daylight left. My girlfriend Nadia should be leaving from Minnesota to come here in the next two days...I can't wait. She might stay for the entire summer. By the amount of suitcases she's bringing, she could stay for life!
Click on this post's title for more on the Red Sox and as always, BE WELL. I'll see you...soon. Real soon.