54-35: Toronto bullpen outlasts Boston

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed the second game at Fenway 6-5 last night. Boston built an early 2-0 lead, only to suffer a four-run rop of the third. The Sox answered with three more runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, but it wasn’t enough, as the Blue Jays rallied on the strength of an Alex Rios double to retake the lead in the sixth.

Julian Tavarez left after just four innings of work, allowing nine hits, three walks and four runs- not his best effort. Still, the Sox were leading 5-4 when he exited the game. Kyle Snyder (1-2) came on and pitched a good fifth, but ran into trouble when Vernon Wells walked with two outs, and he gave up two consecutive doubles to Reed Johnson and Rios. The walks have really hurt Snyder this year; seems like every bad outing has been marred by control issues.

Jays starter Shaun Marcum (5-3) did a good job keeping Red Sox hitters off balance. He walked only one and allowed seven hits, but didn’t allow many too many hard hit balls. Manny Ramirez did hit his 12th home run off him in the first, though.

In the top of the 9th, with the 2-3-4 hitters coming up and the Jays up 6-5, you have to question Terry Francona’s choice of Joel Pineiro, fresh off the disabled list. He’s been the most unreliable reliever this season, and tonight was no different. At least when Frank Thomas doubled and Troy Glaus came up, Francona had to pull him. My understanding was that Hideki Okajima was up warming earlier; why wouldn’t you want him to face Johnson, Rios, Thomas and Glaus?

Thankfully, Javier Lopez came on and got struck out Lyle Overbay, and the Sox had one more chance. When Julio Lugo singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and stole second with one out, it looked like a comeback was in the works. Dustin Pedroia drew a walk, and the big boppers were up with one out against the Blue Jays’ interim closer, Jeremy Accardo. Give him credit, he located the ball low and away and got both of them to fly out.

Another 18 men left on base, another loss.

J.D. Drew left the game with a tight right hamstring. Uh-oh.

One very bright spot: Mike Timlin tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against a pretty good lineup. We could really use a boost in the bullpen right about now.


One Response to 54-35: Toronto bullpen outlasts Boston

  1. firedannyainge says:

    Losing to Toronto is ridiculous. I can’t believe we lost again



    (not my site)

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