Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lackey Great But Red Sox Lose...Buchholz NOT Improving

There's something wrong with the first part of the title of this post. What is it? I'll tell you. Lackey has been terrible for most of his season and the Sox have lost most of those games. Yet last night, Lackey pitched 7 2/3 innings and only gave up two earned runs. He walked one and struck out five. He also provided Boston with its sole run courtesy of a home run. The rest of the batting order? ZILCH even with Big Papi David Ortiz manning first and Adrian Gonzalez roaming right field. The good thing is that neither of them were hurt in any way. 2-1 Philadelphia. Boy.

Boston's lack of ability to score runs is alarming hundreds of thousands of people. You'll hear two of them coming up. First, the Boston manager, Terry Francona...

“We’re not going to release our team. That’s the way the game goes. You don’t score at that pace all the time. You hope you win some of these games when you're not scoring."

And here's our never-say-die second baseman, Pedey Pedroia...

“We have to find a way to score some runs.

We sure do. But five hits? The Philly pitcher wasn't THAT good! The Red Sox have another problem...Clay Buchholz. His lower back is still hurting. He thought he was going to be ready when his team will arrive at Fenway Monday but it's officially a no-go. He said this yesterday....

“I want to be 100 percent when I make my next start. I’d probably say, if there is a start before the (All Star) break, it won’t be until one of the later games against Baltimore the following weekend. There’s something still there when I was throwing.”

You want even more bad news? WEEI's Peter Gammons mentioned John Lackey and the hideous three words "Tommy John surgery" in the same sentence. I'll have more on that when it becomes available. Thanks for stopping in and have a great Thursday. Click on this post's title for more and as always, BE WELL. Let this injury bug cease. NOW! Thanks.

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