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Lackey Lacking as Red Sox Implode Again

John Lackey, shamed after lasting just 3.2 innings against the Rangers. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

Someone forgot to tell the Red Sox that they’re supposed to contend for the World Series. Instead it looked like the Lowell Spinners were sent to face the Texas Rangers; yet again, Boston lost, 12-5. Again, they had the lead, but the starting pitching just didn’t feel like winning. In just 3.2 innings, John Lackey gave up nine runs, all of them earned, including a six-spot in the fourth (after two quick outs).

For the second game in a row, Ian Kinsler led off for the Rangers with a home run, which should have given Boston an indication. David Ortiz hit his second homer of the year in the 2nd to give Boston a 2-1 lead, but John Lackey gave Texas the lead right back in the 3rd on three straight hits. Boston managed to tie the game in the top of the 4th, but that’s where the “fun” began.

Texas sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the frame. After Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland quickly got two outs, Lackey forgot to pitch. Yorvit Torrealba doubled, Julio Borbon tripled (3-4), Ian Kinsler walked, Elvis Andrus doubled (3-5), Josh Hamilton was intentionally walked, Adrian Beltre (remember him?) hit a grand slam (3-9), and then Michael Young singled (goodbye Lackey) before Cruz finally made the third out.

New substitute Dan Wheeler gave up a two-run homer in the 5th and Tim Wakefield gave up a solo shot in the 6th to make it 12-3 Rangers. Jacoby Ellsbury homered in two runs in the 7th, but by then, so what?

Sox’ Stud of the Game: Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy

Why not? It’s always nice to hear their discussions, and it’s not like the Red Sox did anything worthwhile. You know Orsillo and Remy were almost asked to provide voice-overs on “Family Guy.”

Sox’ Dud of the Game: John Lackey

I have no idea why everyone persists in thinking the Red Sox have great pitching. It’s quite the opposite right now. I know dead guys that could’ve thrown better than Lackey.

Game Notes:

W: Colby Lewis (1-0)
L: John Lackey (0-1)

  • Lackey’s ERA for the season is now at 22.09.
  • With runners in scoring position, Boston was 0/11, and left eight men on base.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 3/5. So there’s that.
  • Carl Crawford’s batting average for the season remains at .000.
  • It was 83 degrees for the game. Never thought I’d be jealous of Texas.

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