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The Red Sox tossed Dice-K, Beckett, and Schilling at the Orioles over the weekend and only managed to win 1 game. Combined the Red Sox 3 best pitched 21.2 innings only allowing 3 ER with a combined 1.25 ERA. The losses can be blamed on the 10 ER by the bullpen. Five of which the new late innings reliever Eric Gagne gave up.
After Sunday’s game Gagne ranted “We should have won three games out of three and I … blew two of them,… They brought me in to do a job and I’m not doing it. It’s ridiculous. These guys play eight great innings and I go out there and blow it. It’s a shame.”
Kyle Snyder commented after the game that Gagne isn’t to blame. “It’s not one person’s fault in this locker room. I think everybody in here is accountable,” he said. “There isn’t a single person in here pointing fingers at anybody.”
While everyone on the Red Sox appears to be backing Gagne, the surging New York Yankees pulled within 4 games of the Red Sox and remain tied with Seattle for the Wild Card. Only 45 games remain and Gagne’s performance is crucial for the stretch run. Since joining the Red Sox Gagne has allowed 7 ER in 4 IP for a 15.8 ERA. Not exactly what the Sox expected. But no one is rushing to conclusions.
Terry commented “We need him to be good. He will be very good.”
Gagne remained accountable for his recent struggles, “I’m not doing my job right now. I’m letting everybody here down… I need to step up my game, find my game.”
The Red Sox have lost 4 of 6. They head home next for a 3 game series against the Devil Rays.
-Prior to this weekend the Orioles had lost 11 straight series to the Sox