I’m growing tired of typing the words “Red Sox Lose” and “Fall Below .500″ so much that I’m currently interviewing for a new favorite teams. (Not really, but I’m close.) I’m sort of glad I’ve been out of the loop this weekend. I’m currently whooping it up in NYC at the BlogHer ’12 conference and well, you probably can imagine how difficult it is to find a televised Red Sox game in Yankee territory.
So I’m officially depressed. If the Red Sox can’t even manage to beat the Minnesota Twins, a team 14 games below .500, then I’m not sure they can really be entrusted to pull their collective shit together and make a run at the post season. At this point, even that second wild card spot is looking like a real distant possibility.
Last night, the Red Sox jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings, and with Felix Doubront steering this ship, that should be sufficient, right? That’s what I thought. But no. Things fell apart in the top of the fifth fueled by a lot of singles and a couple of mistimed walks. The Twins scored four in the inning to pull even.
The score stayed knotted at 5-5 until the 10th. In the top of the 10th, Minnesota scored on a lead-off double and a single to center. And as has been the case a lot this season, the Sox were unable to pull off any last chance heroics. Blah.
My offensive “gold star” of the game goes to Carl Crawford. He went three for five with two runs scored and three RBI. Nice, Carl. I actually don’t hate you today.
For the frustrating box score, click on over to here, courtesy of the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz takes the hill tonight to try to get his team back in the win column. I’m counting on you, Clay.
Oh and guess what? Jacoby Ellsbury has been scratched from tonight’s game with what Bobby Valentine is calling “a little situation.” Oh dear. Hopefully, this doesn’t put him on the DL for the next four months. *fingers crossed*