56-37: 5-run seventh dooms anemic Sox

Tim Wakefield (10-9) pitched a good game yesterday, for six innings. We were behind 3-1 at that point. The problem is he pitched into the seventh, giving up three hits and two runs before recording an out in that frame. Reliever Javier Lopez allowed the inherited runner to score, and could not stop the Royals from rallying. Kansas City scored five runs, effectively putting the game away. The final tally was 9-3, Royals.

Joel Pineiro also gave up a run in the eighth, getting a groundout, giving up a double, getting a strikeout, giving up another double, then getting a groundout. This type of inning is representative of what Pineiro has been- totally inconsistent. I say let him go and work out his issues elsewhere, not on our contending team.

Our offense just continues to struggle. Against rookie Leo Nunez, we managed just one run in four innings, and that didn’t happen until the fifth. We got 12 hits combined, and Kansas City made two errors, but we managed just three runs. Why don’t we ever capitalize on all these opportunities? We stranded an incredible 22 runners in this game. Against Kansas City. Just shameful.

Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo both contributed three hits, but there wasn’t much help in the lineup last night. Kansas City is doing a good job with its young pitching staff- they only walked three batters in two games against one of the more patient lineups in the league; their pitching coach must be doing something right. Most young pitchers strike out tons of hitters, but walk tons of hitters too (Tampa Bay, ahem).

ESPN points out that Boston has only scored 19 runs in Wakefield’s 20 losses the past two years. Poor Wake.


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