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This is pathetic. The Red Sox can not for the life of them get it together, getting swept by the league worst Orioles 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday. After Scutaro got caught stealing 3rd base in the 1st, former Sox shortstop Julio Lugo returned the favor in the 3rd, getting thrown out by Varitek at 2nd. Finally, the Sox catchers aren’t throwing like girly men.
Then, Beckett ran into trouble in the 4th, allowing a single to Nick Markakis, hitting Ty Wiggington for the second time on the day, giving up a single to Miguel Tejada, striking out Luke Scott, surrendering an RBI ground-out to Nolan Reimold and RBI double to Rhyne Hughes before getting Craig Tatum to ground out.
It was pretty smooth for the rest of Beckett’s outing; Varitek and Drew supported him with solo shots in the 5th and 7th respectively. The Sox had their chance to take the lead in the 8th, but with two outs, Varitek was out at the plate trying to score from 2nd on a line drive single to left by Dustin Pedroia. The Sox would have (probably) run for Varitek, but they had already used Martinez to pinch hit earlier in the inning. The Orioles tried to score by loading the bases in the 8th, but Daniel Bard forced them to waste two lead-off singles. With two strikeouts.
Then came the extra innings. The Sox did nothing, so Papelbon, who had pitched the 9th, came back out for the 10th. He allowed a lead-off walk, and promptly threw it away on a pick-off attempt. Then his old friend Ty Wiggington blasted a double Darnell McDonald in center, plating the winning run, and completing the Orioles anti-sweep of the Red Sox.
Jason Varitek made his case to get more playing time, and Drew tied it up, proving the only offense the Sox dared to muster. Honorable mention to Daniel Bard for denying the Orioles in the 8th.
Papelbon’s supposed to be good at close games, yet he has trouble going beyond an inning, screwing it up after only two batters, not to mention the throwing error. Dishonorable mention to Josh Becket for his start to the season (and giving up the runs to begin with), and Adrian Beltre for not even thinking to throw home on a bases loaded grounder in the 4th and grounding into a double play in the 5th, which eliminated the winning run from play.
“I definitely had to get better with my fastball command.” – Josh Beckett after the game. He’s not there yet.
W: Matt Albers (2-3)
L: Jonathan Papelbon (1-2)