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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Getting worse by the day
You can't win a pennant in April but you can lose one if you dig yourselves too deep of a hole.
The Boston Red Sox in 2011 are currently a case study to see how poorly they can start and still compete for the AL East title.
For the second time in a row, Jon Lester (0-1) pitched well enough to win but didn't since his teammates couldn't score him enough runs in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park last night.
Lester went seven innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Tampa Bay (3-8) ace David Price (1-2) was just a notch better going 7.1 innings and giving up five hits and two earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Boston (2-9) has the worst record in MLB and they're living up to that billing by finding a million different ways to lose every game.
Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless eighth and Bobby Jenks threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout but the Red Sox couldn't get to Joel Paralta (1 out) or Kyle Farnsworth, who struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.
Terry Francona loaded his lineup with righthanded bats to face Price and it paid off when Darnell McDonald hit a solo homer in the third for a 1-0 Boston lead.
Granite State folk hero Sam Fuld tied it up in the fifth with a ground out and Johnny Damon (2 hits) had the game-winning hit, a two-run double following Fuld in the fifth.
Jed Lowrie (2 hits) cut it to 3-2 with an RBI double in the sixth but that's all Boston could muster.
The series finale is scheduled for tonight with John Lackey facing James Shields but I doubt it happens since it's been pouring all day.
Don't know which is better for the Red Sox right now: to sit around for a day and here how bad they are or try to get a game in with Lackey pitching. Either way, not good options.