Monday, August 10, 2009

The 2009 Boston Massacre...NYY 5 Boston 2

The Boston Red Sox were actually ahead of the NY Yankees by a score of 2-1 Sunday night in the ESPN nationally televised game. Daniel Bard was just one out away from handing the ball over to Jonathon Papelbon when the wheels came off...completely. He allowed back to back solo taters to Johnny Daman and Mark Teixeira, who was worth every penny that the pinstripers paid him, and then it was off to the races and a four game sweep for the first place team from the Big Apple. The 2009 Boston massacre? Yeah, why not? That's exactly what it was. The lumber was asleep. Maybe it still is.

Jon Lester pitched well enough to win for seven full innings but his club showed continued inability to get men on base and have them touch the plate. It's very frustrating but a baseball season does not end on August 10th. Jason Bay and Dustin Pedroia, who had a dreadful series, had a few words to say to the media...

“When you’re spiraling down, everyone’s trying too hard,” said left fielder Jason Bay, who returned to action from a hamstring cramp. “It’s like an extra-inning game. We thought Victor was going to be the hero but it didn’t work out. Everyone here has been playing baseball long enough to let it go - in this market, we have a constant reminder. But yes, it’s been a rough six-game stretch.”

“We’re fine, we’ve got 50 something games left,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “A season isn’t made in six games. Tampa beat up on us and so did the Yankees. It’s tough when you don’t score,” Pedroia said. “But we will. We’re going home. Home cooking. We’ll put some in us.”

Way to be optimistic, Pedey. We'll see the Yankees again later this month at Fenway Park. Maybe we can turn the tables on them. Right now, the Red Sox must concern themselves with getting INTO the postseason. They currently are tied with the Texas Rangers...both have identical records.

Next up is another four game set, this time with the Detroit Tigers. Here are your pitching matchups...

8/10/2009 Det 7:10 PM ET NESN Penny (7-6) vs. Jackson (8-5)
8/11/2009 Det 7:10 PM ET NESN Tazawa (0-1) vs.Porcello (10-7)
8/12/2009 Det 7:10 PM ET NESN Beckett (13-4) vs. Galarraga (6-10)
8/13/2009 Det 1:35 PM ET NESN Buchholz vs. (1-2) Verlander (12-6)

That's a wrap for this blue Monday, August 10, 2009. I hope your weekend was good. Mine was OK. If you'd like to click on this post's title, you'll be zapped to the SI Red Sox homepage. Enjoy, and as always, BE WELL. I'll see ya...soon. Better days are ahead for Red Sox Nation. It can't get any worse.

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