It looked like the Red Sox would be able to pull out a victory on Friday night, and then it all came crashing down. The Red Sox were getting a solid performance out of Clay Buchholz and were up 3-0 early after Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis both went yard in the bottom of the 3rd. The Blue Jays were finally able to get on the board with a 2-run triple from Corey Patterson in the top of the 5th. Buchholz was pulled after 5, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks (tying a career high), throwing 94 pitches in the process. In the 6th, they tied it up with a RBI double from Travis Snider. Buchholz was charged the run from the double that was given up by Alfredo Aceves. In the 7th, Bobby Jenks came in to relieve Aceves, and the game turned right then. Jenks allowed the first two guys to get on base, then promptly gave up back-to-back RBI singles. He followed that up by throwing a wild pitch, which allowed Jose Bautista to score. After an Aaron Hill RBI single, Jenks was pulled, but the damage were done. Felix Doubront closed out the inning with no more runs, but the Sox were already down 7-3. Boston made it close after a 3-run bottom of the 8th, but they were shut down in the 9th, going down 1-2-3 with their top 3 guys in the lineup.
News and Notes
- When will enough be enough. Carl Crawford went hitless again, this time going 0-5 with a strikeout. For the year he is now hitting .137. Combine that with Jacoby Ellsbury's .195 BA, and the Red Sox just aren't getting anywhere near the production they need from these guys. Their game revolves around their speed, but you can't showcase your speed unless you are able to get on the base paths. This can not continue. Crawford is dealing with some major expectations, and it looks like he's feeling that pressure.
- This is the 4th time in Red Sox history they have started 2-10. They also did so in 1925 (47-105 finish), 1927 (51-103), and 1996 (85-77).