3-3: Defense, bullpen sinks Sox, 10-2

It’s not often that you’ll see a team play better defense than the Red Sox, or show a better bullpen; but today was one of those days. Sean Casey was given his first start at first base, only to muff a key grounder in the bottom of the 4th that allowed the Jays to take the lead. While the Sox seem like they’re still in Spring Training mode, Toronto came out and totally outclassed them at the plate and in the field, to the tune of 10-2.

Clay Buchholz (0-1) was pretty solid in his first start of 2008, lasting five innings and throwing 57 of 89 pitches for strikes. He struck out seven hitters and walked just two, though one of those was a free pass to Marco Scutaro in the 4th to load the bases. His line could have been a little better with some more defense behind him today.

Most of the damage was done against Kyle Snyder and Bryan Corey in a 6-run sixth inning. Snyder walked two batters and throw a wild pitch, while Corey gave up (in order) a double, a single and a two-run bomb to Frank Thomas. Julian Tavarez did a good job in mop-up duty.

The Red Sox were a little weak at the plate, though Toronto made several very nice defensive plays down the line in this one. Lyle Overbay robbed a couple of Boston hitters, converted a double play by himself on a liner, and Scutaro took an extra base hit from Dustin Pedroia down the third base line. Manny Ramirez doubled home a run in the first, but after that it was tough going. It wasn’t all defense, however, as the Sox stranded 20 runners. The Sox chased starter Jesse Litsch after five, but couldn’t take advantage of the Blue Jays’ bullpen, for the second straight day. The Sox really need to take Game 3 tomorrow, to cut the Jays’ momentum (and to stop this losing streak!).

Snyder has been designated for assignment today, making him the odd man out on this Red Sox staff. I kind of overlooked him in an earlier post, but it makes a lot of sense. We don’t need two long guys if Julian Tavarez is sticking around.

2 Responses to 3-3: Defense, bullpen sinks Sox, 10-2

  1. Pat says:

    Hurray! I figured Corey was the one to go when Beckett returned.

    Snyder was great for us last year, but I’m glad we can finally cut ties with him.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Yeah, I think we can agree that Snyder doesn’t look like he’ll ever become much more than what he is now.. I like the guy, but that’s the business, right?

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