Losing 3 games in a row might not exactly be a freefall, but this morning, it sure seems like one. As in his last start, Jason Johnson, or JJ, had trouble in the first 2 innings, and the Red Sox, who have not hit at the Trop, could not bat their way out of it. JJ gave up 4 runs in the first 2 innings. Wave goodbye today, while he is still with the big team. In his 2 starts, in the first 2 innings of each combined, he has given up 9 runs while allowing 16 of 28 batters to reach base. Last night, a 4-1 lead was as insurmountable as a 10-0 lead. I want us to leave, and leave now, but we have one game left here in Florida, one game. We all are counting on Tim Wakefield to stop the bleeding.
Carl Crawford was the offensive star for the Devil Rays, and he stole home to boot! For some reason, JJ was pitching from the wind-up with Crawford on 3rd base. I could not believe my eyes. What happened next was hardly surprising. The guy has lightning speed and had plenty good of a jump. Jason Johnson is not the answer to our fifth starter problem. Bye. Nice try. We are in a race for a playoff spot. We need 5 guys we can rely on.
We count on the knuckleball tonight. And then it's on to the windy city, where the champs await.