Papelbon Blows Lead Late As Sox Are Bounced From Playoffs
It was an early exit from the playoffs for the 2009 Boston Red Sox as the local nine couldn’t hold on to multiple leads of four and two-runs late in the game, as the Angels swept the Red Sox with a 7-6 victory on Sunday.
After intentionally walking Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-out, two-run single off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth innings to propel the Angels into the ALCS. It was Los Angeles first postseason sweep in franchise history as the Halos axed their playoff curse with the Boston Red Sox.
Boston led 5-1 early and held leads of 5-2 and 6-4 before relinquishing it in the ninth inning. Papelbon was not his usual post-season self as the Sox closer gave up a two-run single in the eighth, which the runs were charged to Billy Wagner, and then the two-run single in the ninth. Boston was only able to mount 15 hits in the ALDS but their seven hits on Sunday looked good enough for a packed-house at Fenway Park.
However, the Fenway faithful went home with a sour taste in their mouth after the Angels comeback. Many questions will now arise in this off-season about what direction Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox will go in 2010 but one thing will be for certain and that is the Red Sox will be active shoppers in the Winter.