Is there anyway to stop this slide that the Boston Red Sox are on? That’s the question? Should Bobby Valentine be let go? That’s another question. What is Ben Cherington doing? Yes, another question.
I said before the All-Star beak that the Red Sox needed some Morgan Magic. Now they need Moses to come and part the Red Sea or at least Houdini to show them how to escape from this locked box of loses. Saturday’s loss was a very tough one.
Lose in the 9th
The Red Sox were ahead going into the 9th. On top 4-2, they needed three outs to stop the skid they’ve been on. Past Boston Red Sox teams would have found this to be a guaranteed win. But this edition of the Red Sox seems to find more ways to lose than win and the top of the 9th at home is as good as any time to let your opponents come back.
Alfredo Aceves (23 SV, 6 BS, 2 W- 7 L) entered the game in the 8th. That was after reliever Andrew Miller could not get an out and gave up one run. Aceves retired the Twins. Then he came back in for the 9th. That was a different story. Aceves would give up 4 runs with the crushing blow coming off the bat of one of the best and most patient hitters in the game, Joe Mauer.
Mauer belted a three-run homer and that would be the ballgame. It was an especially tough loss because starter Clay Buchholz (9 W-3 L, 4.48 ERA) had pitched so well. He went 7 allowing 7 hits and just 1 run. He also walked 1.
Some Good News
Besides the fact that Buchholz pitched well, which was good news, the fact that the Red Sox got 4 runs on just 6 hits should not be overlooked. Pedro Ciriaco came in to hit for Ellsbury in the 8th and promptly swatted a one-run homer. The guy can hit.
Maybe the Boston Red Sox can salvage a win on Sunday against the juggernaut known at the Minnesota Twins. There are no excuses for what’s happening with this team and no excuses for management. This is a club that simply isn’t focused on winning. At least not as a hole.
Perhaps we don’t need Joe Morgan, Moses or Houdini. May we need Big Papi back in the line up. Some Papi Punch is needed. I’ll take it.