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For the second straight night, the Red Sox faltered North of the border, dropping the series finale to the Blue Jays 7-4.
Ricky Romero finally managed to beat Boston, surrendering 3 runs in 6.2 innings. All of those runs came late for the Red Sox as Romero had batters guessing for most of the night. It was his first win in September after he won every decision in August.
Andrew Miller took the loss, getting slapped around for 8 hits and 5 runs over 5 innings.
I’ve been throwing a lot of expletives Terry’s way during this series. I didn’t agree with the stumbling Matt Albers finding his way to the mound Wednesday night, and I equally disagreed with the watered-down starting nine Thursday night.
Perhaps it was confidence since the Sox had slapped around Romero in previous encounters, but it just wasn’t the time to give Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford the night off. The team is slumping badly. After Wednesday’s debacle, they needed every multi-million dollar man.
For the record, I was yelling at Jason Varitek getting the start as well, but he shut me up in the ninth (with a HR).
Terry Francona must be crying himself to sleep longingly watching tape of Miller’s game in Arlington, because that looks like the best he’s going to get. The Steve Prefontaine look-alike didn’t have a long run (terrible pun, I know) on the mound, sputtering through 5 innings of 5-run ball. He wasn’t exactly fooling many of the Toronto hitters.
This season I cancelled my MLB TV package for the first time in four years due to some personal budgetary cuts. It’s too bad because I can no longer browse through random games and run into significant moments like the MLB debut of J.P. Arencibia which I found last season. He cracked 2 home runs and 4 hits in that coming-out party, and it looks like he hasn’t skipped much of a beat in the power department. After taking Tim Wakefield deep to tie last night’s game, he took Miller to the retractable roof tonight. The ball wasn’t quite comparable to the Manny Ramirez back wall 15th deck shot back when the place was called SkyDome, but man does this kid have some pop.
My finger is hovering over the panic button, but I’m not going to touch press it yet. I will say that it feels like all the terrible timing in the world is converging on this team at once. Josh Beckett and Erik Bedard getting temporarily shelved — not good. Boston heading on the road to take on one of the only teams with a slight hope of catching them in the wild card – also not good. Jon Lester is the only reliable starter facing Tampa Bay this weekend, and he draws James Shields.
I’ll let you know Monday morning if my finger is still hovering.
Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, arlington, Carl Crawford, Erik Bedard, James Shields, Jason Varitek, Josh Beckett, JP Arencibia, Manny Ramirez, Matt Albers, Red Sox, Ricky Romero, SkyDome, Steve Prefontaine, Tampa Bay, Terry Francona