After the Boston Red Sox scored five runs in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, I turned to my roommate Christopher Kain and said, “They are going to find a way to blow it.” Christopher looked at me like I shouldn’t have said such a thing, but at the same time knew it was entirely possible.
The Jays got a run in the second on a triple by Justin Smoak in which Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts did a face plant on the bullpen fence. He would later leave the game with a sprained back.
Christopher and I went to eat at Doyle’s. By the time our food arrived, it was the 3rd inning and the Sox took an 8-1 lead on a three run home run by Dustin Pedroia. Jays starter Drew Hutchison gave up all eight runs. When John Gibbons came to give him the hook I’m sure he asked, “What kept you?”
But the Jays showed some life in the fifth scoring three runs and cutting the lead in half to 8-4 on a double by Ryan Goins and a single by Josh Donaldson. Still, Joe Kelly pitched six servicable innings.
It was seventh inning when we returned home. Disaster would set in. The Jays would score 9 runs against three relievers (Matt Barnes, Junichi Tazawa and Tommy Layne) before recording a single out highlighted by a bases loaded by Russell Martin and a two-run home run by Justin Smoak. The Jays now led 13-8.
To give the Sox their due they did fight back scoring a run in both the eighth and ninth on hits by Xander Bogaerts and Rusney Castillo. But this is a game the Sox should have won. They went from having an 8-1 lead to losing this game 13-10. I hate to say it but the Boston Red Sox really suck.
Their season can be summed up by the phrase “one step forward, two steps back”. Last weekend, the Sox swept the Oakland A’s including coming back from a 4-0 deficit to score seven runs in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon. Red Sox radio announcer Dave O’Brien wondered if the game would be a turning point. Well, no. First, the A’s are a last place team and sweeping them this year doesn’t mean the same thing it would have meant a year ago. Since Sunday’s triumph the Sox got swept in Baltimore followed by tonight’s disaster. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays have won 9 games in a row.
I wonder if John Farrell will be around after this season. Yes, he did guide them to a World Series title in 2013. But he could also guide them to two straight last place finishes. If you throw in Bobby Valentine’s horrendous year in 2012 that could be three last place finishes in four years. In Boston winning is everything and something has to give.
Of course, the Red Sox could rattle off seven wins in a row and get right back into it. But if I think they are going to lose after they score five runs in the first then something is rotten at Fenway.