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It’s getting tougher to know what the Boston Red Sox will do during the rest of the season. Sunday’s season finale in Seattle saw a 5-3 loss to the Mariners, despite Tim Wakefield’s economical pitch count and complete game effort. Wakefield struggled at times, and the offense wasn’t there to back him up against the fourth-worst team in the majors.
Trouble started for Boston in the 3rd inning, which started out with a walk and a stolen base for Casper Wells. Wells then advanced to third on a throwing error from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Two singles and another error on a force attempt later, the Mariners had the bases loaded with no outs and one run already in. A sac fly and walk reloaded the bases with one out and a 2-0 lead, with another single making it 3-0 before the last two outs were finally recorded (but not before Seattle batted around).
Boston did answer minimally in the 4th, with a single, walk, single and sac fly (all consecutively, starting with Adrian Gonzalez) scored a run with one pre-sacrifice out. However, Seattle didn’t let Boston stay with their comeback; in the 5th, Seattle gave Boston more trouble. Three straight singles to plate a run made it 4-1 Seattle, and it could’ve been worse thanks to a passed ball, but it wasn’t far enough away to plate the runner on third at the time.
Seattle added a solo home run in the 6th, and other than a two-run homer from Kevin Youkilis in the 8th, Boston just couldn’t answer. Brandon League finished off Boston in the 9th to end the game and the series in disappointing fashion.
Youk’s home run was Boston’s only real impact play of the game.
Together, Carl Crawford, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Darnell McDonald and Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/13 with just one walk and five strikeouts.
“We need to play a little better and score more runs so it [tough, close calls by the umpires] doesn’t affect the game.” – Terry Francona on Seattle’s three-run 3rd
W: Charlie Furbush (3-4)
L: Tim Wakefield (6-5)
S: Brandon League (29)