Orioles SWEEP Red Sox...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
The Boston Red Sox were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 3-2. With Youk on the bench and VMart not playing, Boston was no match for Birdie starter Kevin Millwood. On the bright side, and it's tough finding more than one, Josh Beckett took a big step forward by going seven strong innings, surrendering six hits and only two runs, walking none and striking out six. But two runs turned out to be too many. Bard pitched a clean but nail-biting eighth and Paps took care of the bottom of the ninth. Extra innings...what else is new? A high and wide pickoff throw to Lowell at first allowed the runner to reach second and from there, Ty Wiggington's line drive base hit mercifully ended the game and the series. Swept by the Orioles? My goodness. Can you believe it? After the game, the now team-spokesman Dustin Pedey Pedroia had this to say...
“It doesn’t get any easier,’’ Dustin Pedroia said. “Everyone thought Baltimore was three easy wins, and we got our asses kicked three times. We’re making it pretty tough on ourselves,’’ Pedroia said. “Tight games and we’re not finding a way to win them. We’ll grind it out, but we’ve got to find a way to start winning some games."
The Red Sox skipper, Terry Francona, did not mince words either. Here he is...
“Things haven’t really changed,” he said. “We talked about this last week. We’re still playing bad baseball. Unintelligent, undisciplined, uninspired baseball. It’s got to change. It either changes itself or we have to do something to change it.”
What do I think? I tell you. Tito's last sentence might have to come to pass. Changes might have to be on the way for this team to be able to score more runs. I'll leave it at that but if this trend continues, look for those changes. Positively. They are 7 1/2 games behind the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays. NOT ACCEPTABLE. And with the Angels and the Yankees next on the Sox schedule, who knows what will happen. I sure don't, that's for sure.
That's it for this first Monday of May. It's not April any longer and Boston must address some of their looming problems...soon. Click on this post's title for more on the Sox, thanks for popping in and as always, BE WELL.