It was a dismal weekend for the Fenway Faithful. The Red Sox suffered a sweep at the hands of the Nationals, losing this afternoon 4-3 and falling two games below .500 yet again. This is starting to get real old. And depressing. It’s not like the Sox haven’t had their chances. All three games were close but the line up was just plain stymied by the tough Nats rotation.
The last time the Sox were two games under .500 this late in the season? Fifteen years ago — September of 1997. That season they finished a paltry 4th in the AL East behind the first place Orioles — 20 games out of first place. Yeesh. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.
I will admit that I (thankfully) missed this game today. I fear I may have thrown the remote clear through my flatscreen had I been a witness to this loss. Lucky for me, it was a glorious day filled with yard work. It’s not very often I think of myself as lucky for choosing yard work over watching baseball… but today was definitely one of those days.
From what I can tell, there were only a few highlights from today’s game. David Ortiz broke out of a recent 2 for 17 slump going 3 for 4 bashing his 14th round tripper of the season. And Jon Lester had a pretty good outing but didn’t figure in the decision. He pitched seven strong innings, scattering six hits and three runs while striking out nine.
The bad news: Alfredo Aceves took the loss, his fourth of the season, giving up the go ahead run in the top of the ninth. The Sox line up was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. And Fenway wasn’t so friendly this week — the Sox were 1-5 on this most recent home stand.
I’d like to take a mulligan on this series please. At this point, I’m wondering if we can get a do over on the whole damn season.
The Sox hit the road for three games against the newly named Miami Marlins. Josh Beckett will try to get this team back on track against his former team. This basement is cold and dark and scary and frankly, I don’t like it.