What a way to go down. David Ortiz is in the hospital, Manny Ramirez is on the shelf, and the Red Sox just can’t seem to win. Out of three games against Oakland, the Red Sox were really only in one of them and if the Yankees win their second game against Detroit today, they’ll have a commanding nine game lead in the AL East.
Kason Gabbard got shelled on Monday. He gave up five runs on six hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. Keith Foulke was also knocked around to the tune of four runs and the Red Sox couldn’t put a single run on the board. Six different players scattered six hits in a pathetic day.
The losing continued yesterday. A fantastic start by Josh Beckett went to waste because all the Red Sox could muster was a single run. Eric Hinske singled home Kevin Youkillis to shave a two run lead down to one, but that was all the Red Sox could muster.
Today was equally as bad as Monday. It’s not even worth talking about at this point. Sigh. The only thing of note was, en route to a loss, Curt Schilling struck out his 3,000 batter in his career. Congrats Curt.
Next up is four against the Jays. If things continue to go bad, the Red Sox could find themselves in third place.
Man this is getting tough. The Angels series seemed encouraging but now the Red Sox are back to square one. The Yankees are winning and they’re 6 1/2 games up.
Curt Schilling was roughed on Friday and the Red Sox ran into a relatively hot youngster that held the Red Sox scoreless. Gabe Kapler doubled and that was the only extra base hit of the game for the Sox. This wasn’t a pretty game.
Saturday wasn’t that much better. Mike Lowell singled home David Ortiz to break a 2-2 tie but Mike Timlin gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to lose it. Coco Crisp homered and a solid start by David Wells went to waste.
Yesterday was more of the same. Kyle Snyder gave up five runs in the fifth inning and at that point, the game was over. David Ortiz and Mike Lowell both homered to make it interesting and in the end, the Red Sox were held to only those two hits in the 6-3 loss. Their other run came when Eric Hinske walked and later scored on an error.
Next up is three against the Oakland A’s, who have been playing some pretty good ball. The Yankees have the Tigers so hopefully Detroit can help us put a dent into the Yankees lead.
This is definitely encouraging. The Red Sox rolled into Anaheim (yes, they still play there) and took two of three after the Yankees mess the weekend before. On top of that, the Yankees had some problems so now the Red Sox are only 5 1/2 games back in the East.
The Red Sox did continue their losing streak though. On Tuesday, Kevin Youkilis doubled home David Ortiz in the seventh, but in the Angels’ half of the inning, Garrett Anderson drove home Vlad Guerrero and that was the game winner. Kyle Snyder had a fair start considering his ERA and Kason Gabbard took the loss. David Ortiz walked twice and scored twice.
Finally, the Red Sox got a win on Wednesday. David Ortiz hit a two run homerun in the first inning to set the stage and Wily Mo Pena homered in the second. The Angels made it close, but the Red Sox held on and won 5-4. Jon Lester got the job done and he picked up the win. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Jonathon Papelbon picked up save number 33.
Josh Beckett came up huge yesterday. In the third one run game of the series, Beckett gave up one run on only four hits six innings. David Ortiz hit homerun number 46 and Dave Mirabelli drove home Mike Lowell with a ground out.
Next up is three against the formerly struggling Mariners. They were my favorite team this week. They took an eleven game losing streak into their series with the Yankees and won two of three. Hopefully they’ll roll over for us.
Oh boy. One of my regular tasks is to do a review of each series the Red Sox play, but this one is just to tough to run down. Today’s game especially. David Wells pitches out of his mind and the winning run ends up being scored on a wild pitch. In the other four games, the pitchers gave up no less then eight runs in any single game, and three of the five ended with the Yankees in double digits. The end result of all of this is a 6 1/2 game deficit in the AL East. We’re now closer to the Blue Jays behind us then we are from the Yankees.
And our Wild Card chances are diminishing as well. Our best chance is for the Red Sox to head out west and take care of business against a tough Angels team while the Tigers beat up on the White Sox. With the loss today, the Red Sox are 4 1/2 back of the White Sox with the Twins also ahead of us for the Wild Card.
What’s worse is, the Red Sox are a .500 team on the road. Fenway Park was supposed to be our ballpark. And that makes this five game sweep even tougher to take. Heading out west isn’t going to be easy.
Time to move on, and it’s time for the Red Sox to start winning some ball games.
Welcome to my new Red Sox blog. As part of the newest addition to the Baseball Historians family of sites, my responsibility will be to not only keep tabs on the latest Red Sox news, but I’ll also be posting historical pieces on Red Sox history. Once the off season rolls around, I’ll probably start doing Season Look Backs of a similar vein to the one’s that you can find over at Black Sox Blog.
In the meantime, my primary focus will be on the 2006 Red Sox. Things are looking grim. The Red Sox just lost their third straight game to Yankees today and now sit four and a half games back of first place. Regardless, I think the Red Sox will get back into it.
A couple of my favorite blogs are Firebrand of the American League and A Red Sox Fan in Pinstripe Territory. Jere’s blog is one I particularly like. Great writing and he mixes in enough personal stuff to make for an interesting daily read. I’m not big on commenting on other blogs (although I hope you’ll leave plenty on mine) but I make a point to stop by those two blogs on a regular basis. They just don’t know it.
Probably the worst part about this job is that I have to link to a Yankees site. And it’s one of the worst. If you’re not familiar with Nick Smith’s blog, Baseball’s Savior, it’ll make you want to throw up. You’d think his name was Nick Steinbrenner. He basically takes the typical arrogant Yankee’s fan and then compounds it to the nth degree.
So stop by on occassion. And if you’re a fellow blogger and I don’t have your link up, drop me a line. It’s not that I don’t like you, I just don’t know about you.
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