Another day. Another 2-run loss.
The Red Sox fell to 1-2 with another “defeat grabbed from the jaws of victory” loss to the Empire, 3-1. The night started out well, as newcomer John Lackey spun a 3-hit shutout through six sparkling innings of work and David Ortiz spanked a line shot to right to bring in the Sox only run (Papi’s first hit of the year).
Ah, but then the hidden horror of 2010 reared its ugly head—our woefully sub-par bullpen. The “Not So Great Scott” brigade (Schoeneweis and Atchison) were sandwiched around Daniel Bard and Papelbon, who coughed up a mammoth “no-doubter” home run to Curtis Granderson in the 10th.
The frustration was palpable among the 38,000 plus in attendance on an unusually sweltering mid-80s night. Your humble scribe was there to see 3 or 4 long looping drives off Red Sox bats fall just short of The Wall or the bullpen. Meanwhile, every Yankee cheap shot ground out or flair infield hit brought results.
Once again, this may be all we get in Bridge Year One: lots of 1 and 2-run losses and almost no discernible offensive punch. So, are the Bruins still clinging to that last play-off spot?