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Sadly, Red Sox fans have seen this before

Posted by Bill Koch on August 14, 2010

Pitching and defense, anybody?

Wasn’t that the idea for your 2010 Boston Red Sox? Both of those thoughts were completely absent on Friday night as the Red Sox suffered another crushing loss, this time in a 10-9, 11-inning meltdown against the Texas Rangers.

Nelson Cruz crushed a solo home run on the first pitch of the 11th from Tim Wakefield, but this game was long since over before Old Man River toed the rubber. Boston blew an 8-2 lead in another game that will be circled on the schedule as one of the reasons the Red Sox missed the postseason. Having those types of games on back-to-back days makes this doubly sickening – it looked like Thursday’s debacle in Toronto all over again.

The Red Sox looked to be well in command in this one until Texas started mashing the ball against Josh Beckett. It was 8-6 before Boston’s bullpen went missing for the second straight day, as Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard combined to give up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to allow the Rangers to tie it. J.D. Drew, allegedly still an elite defensive right fielder, misjudged Bengie Molina’s liner in the seventh, costing Boston a run, and Jed Lowrie threw wide of first base on Vladimir Guerrero’s grounder up the middle in the eighth to drive another nail in the Red Sox coffin.

Now Boston stands 6.5 games behind the American League East-leading New York Yankees and four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the wild card berth. The Red Sox are running out of time and blowing cracks in their own hour glass by throwing away certain victories like they did Friday night. Add this to the video reel in what continues to look like a lost season.

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One Response to “Sadly, Red Sox fans have seen this before”

  1. Steve G. said

    Meh – There still is an entire month, and the Rays seem convinced to let the Sox hang around for a while.

    I also buck a bit at the common narrative in the media that the Sox haven’t done enough to win this year. Their record is at last year’s pace, despite all of the injuries. They just have the unfortunate “pleasure” of playing in the Charles Darwin Division of Major League Baseball.

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