The Red Sox lost last night to the LA Angels 5-2. You know what that means? It means that even when they honor a recently deceased, long-time beloved member of the Red Sox family, they can’t even manage to eek out a win for him. So basically, the only fun thing that happened last night, happened before the game even started. (Hey, give me a break… I’m trying to at least find the good in these pathetically played games. If I don’t, I’ll end up starting every post with, “Guess what? The Red Sox still suck.”)
Last night’s game was the first game at Fenway Park since Johnny Pesky passed away on August 13th. And while they donned the black arm band as part of their away grays; for the home unis, they added a patch displaying Johnny’s #6. In honor of Johnny and what he meant to the Sox organization, every member of the team wearing a uniform wore the #6. Seriously, when I turned on the TV and saw this, I almost started sobbing. The Red Sox also mowed the #6 into the grass just behind short stop — Pesky’s position. Please let them keep this for the rest of the season. His son, David Pesky, threw out the first pitch.
I would’ve been happy if the night ended there had I known the rest of it was going to, well, suck. Aaron Cook took the loss — his seventh of the year — giving up five runs (four earned) on 11 hits to an Angels line up that, with the exception of rookie phenom, Mike Trout, has not been all that spectacular as of late.
After going down 5-0 after five innings, the Sox made an attempt to get back into it in the sixth with a two-run home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They managed to squeak out another run in the seventh, but were shut down by the Angels bullpen. *blerg*
So they’ve lost five out of their last seven games. They’re now five games under .500 and I think they’re more interested in catching the Blue Jays to challenge them for last place than they are in catching any of the other teams in their division. At least that’s the direction they always seem to be headed… Click here for the ever-frustrating box score, courtesy of the ever-frustrating Red Sox.
Tonight, the current star of the Sox pitching staff, Clay Buchholz, will go for win #12 as he faces off against the star of the Angels staff, Jered Weaver, who is equally motivated as he goes for win #16. On paper, looks like quite the duel… but this year paper doesn’t mean crap for this team.