You’re probably thinking “career highs” are good, right? Well sure… if they’re not career highs in runs allowed, walks and home runs for one game. After suffering a second straight loss to the Blue Jays last night, I figured Jon Lester had to snap out of his funk and get these Red Sox back on track today and at least salvage one game of this weekend series. I was sadly mistaken.
In yesterday’s 7-3 loss, Aaron Cook and his sinker did well through the first five innings, allowing just one run to score. And then he had a couple that didn’t sink. And that’s not good. In the top of the 6th, he left one up for Edwin Encarnacion and he smashed a two-run homer to tie the game at three. Then again in the seventh, J.P. Arencibia hit the first pitch he saw over the Monster to put the Jays ahead for good.
The anemic Red Sox offense could manage just five hits — their lone highlight, a three-run home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, ending his 0 for 14 slump. A loss was not the best way to celebrate Jason Varitek’s retirement. Again.
For yet another lackluster box score, click here if you can manage it…I recommend not clicking.
So that brings us to today’s matinee and Jon Lester trying not to suck as much as he did last week. I surmised there was no way that would happen. Errrrr… OH MY GAHD! He sucked more… which was probably obvious from my snippet at the top of this post about all those bad career highs. I sort of don’t even want to relive the horror.
The Blue Jays put up 15 runs today at Fenway Park to sweep the floundering Red Sox. Lester miraculously lasted four full innings today and faced two batters in the fifth. He gave up 11 earned runs on nine hits. Four of those hits where home runs. And he walked five batters. Yes, all those stats are career highs for Lester. Something is seriously wrong with this so called “ace” and if someone doesn’t crack this mystery soon, this team is screwed. Time is running out fast.
Offensively, there was a bit more life to the line up than the last couple of games. Both Adrian Gonzalez and Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits — each also hitting a home run. Seven runs is nothing to scoff at and if somebody was doing his job and not serving up batting practice meatballs today, seven runs should result in the W.
I’m just disgusted. This recent three-game skid (*cough* last place *cough*) makes me want to kick puppies. And I love puppies.
For another box score I recommend you don’t look at, click here… courtesy of the Red Sox. Boston heads to Texas for Monday’s game where 10-game winner Felix Doubront will hopefully right this listing ship.