In my article today about the 1914 Boston Braves (known as the Miracle Braves for coming back from last place in the National League on the Fourth of July to winning the World Series), I noted that the last place Boston Red Sox were 39-49.
Make that 39-50. I went to the game against the Chicago White Sox last night with an old friend. The game was delayed by 45 minutes because of rain. We had to stay beneath the grandstands and, boy, did it get hot down there. They might as well have postponed it because the Red Sox played as if they were still in the clubhouse. The Red Sox were lethargic with few exceptions namely Dustin Pedroia. My friend pointed out that when Petey tried to throw the ball around the horn after a strikeout nobody else in the infield was paying any attention.
It is little wonder the Red Sox managed only two hits and two walks the entire game. Unlike the rest of the league, The Red Sox could not figure out 29-year old rookie Scott Carroll who gave up a hit and a walk over six and a third innings. Chicago won 4-0 on home runs by Adam Dunn and Jose Viciedo. It is the ninth time they have been shut out in 2014.
The most excited the Fenway faithful got the whole evening was when thunder clapped during the seventh inning. There certainly wasn’t any thunder in the Red Sox’s bats last night.
The Red Sox could go from worst to first to worst.