Well, the Red Sox looked really bad yesterday after building up a 10-1 lead behind starter John Smoltz. Now, I’m sure every Red Sox fan was hoping that Smoltz wouldn’t totally suck like he did in his previous start, which was his season debut. Well, he was pretty good yesterday. He pitched four solid innings giving up three hits, a walk, and one run. He also struck out two in his outing. This performance was clearly better than his last one. So with Smoltz lined up for the victory, how do you think the bullpen did? Well, they were dreadful. They did terrible. I’m not even going to explain it so just read the box score.
Masterson pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.
Now, the Orioles came back from a 10-1 deficit to make their longest comeback in franchise history. Their previous longest was eight runs. Now, they posted a story about this on MLB.com which is where I got the idea for this post. In the article, it mentions that this was their longest comeback and that their previous longest was eight. The article went into telling us how much they have comeback from in the past and it says that the O’s have had to comeback a lot. That says something to me. My take on this is that they haven’t been a very good or successful franchise. Now, I’m not saying they haven’t had their good games and their bad games, their good seasons and their bad seasons. But they have had more bad seasons than good by far. But the fact that they have had to comeback in a lot of games from this kind of deficit tells me that they have dug themselves in some pretty fricken big holes in the past.
The starter for the O’s yesterday was Rich Hill. He got rocked. No doubt about that. He got pulled before the fourth inning ended. Then the O’s bullpen took over and they didn’t do all that bad. They only gave up one more run which made it the tenth run the Sox would get. It was really the Sox bullpen that ruined everything. The Red Sox ‘pen has been commented on as one of the best in the game. They have some pretty dominating guys in their. Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, and all leading up to Jonathon Papelbon. They are all good pitchers that have had good seasons so far. But everyone has their ups and downs. Last night must have been a down game for everyone.
Now, I’m not complaining that the Red Sox lost, because the Yankees won and we gained a game on them in the East. Every game we can get right now is good because we need to get back on top. If the O’s have to come from behind every game to beat the Sox in this series, then do it. Whatever it takes to take down the Sox.
Congrats to the O’s. Until next time… Au revoir.
I really don’t know what else to talk about anymore. The pitching was all right, the offense scored a little. And the bullpen wasn’t terrible. It all adds up but the Red Sox were just little better in every one of those stats than we were. It’s that simple.
CC took the bump and was really good through seven innings. He came back out for the eighth and wasn’t able to get a guy out. He left three possible runs on base that came back to bite him in the butt. He finished the game with four earned runs, including the three in the eighth inning. He must have ran out of juice. Brad Penny on the other side was also very good. He pitched well in a six inning effort giving up six hits, a walk, but no runs. Manny Delcarmen gave up three runs in the seventh inning after coming in for Penny. He was then relieved by Takashi Saito who finished up the inning and saved what was left of Delcarmen’s professionalism. The Yanks had the lead but CC would give it back up in the eighth.
So overall, the pitching wasn’t terrible. It was STELLAR through the seven innings. But in the eighth it crumbled to pieces. The Sox’ pitching was also very good. It was tough to lose one in which there was such good pitching.
The offense was able to score some runs, but it took until the seventh to get it going. We couldn’t get anything off Penny who only allowed six hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen was kinder to us and gave us three. That was all we’d get though and that is a little disappointing. Here are my top performers for the day.
- Alex Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI
- Francisco Cervelli: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
- Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 1 Run
- Hideki Matsui: 2-3
- Derek Jeter: 2-5
- CC Sabathia: 1 ER through seven. AFter that, he’s not on this list
IT was another tough loss to the Red Sox and I am very disappointed. Maybe we’ll get ’em next time. We’ve got interleague play coming up and maybe we can score some more and have good pitching against our opponents (Mets, Marlins, Nats, Braves).