The Red Sox Complete Weekend Sweep Of The Orioles. NOT!
The Boston Red Sox completed their weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a resounding 3-1 victory on Sunday. Curt Schilling went six strong innings before turning over the game to Mike Timlin in the 7th, Hideki Okajima for the 8th and Jonathon Papelbon, wrapping it up and earning a save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Eric Gagne was conspicuous by his absense, but maybe Tito thought the game was too close and wanted to stick with his proven arms........wait.....hold on.....what?? NO WAY! I've just been handed a news flash that reads like this......
"After blowing a four-run lead Friday night, Gagne gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Tejada in the eighth inning Sunday, wiping a 3-1 lead off the board and dooming the Red Sox to a loss that ended their nine-game trip with a 4-5 record."
Peter here, and I'm a little shaken. Why would Tito go to Gagne while nursing a two run lead? But I can answer that. It's his JOB. But that's the one thing he hasn't been doing well since donning the Red Sox uniform. Opposing batters are batting .455 against him. His ERA is 15.75, and he has given up 10 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts IN FOUR INNINGS! Can it get worse for the Canadian? No, I think that would be impossible. In this world. Hey Eric, don't throw 7 straight fastballs to a good player like Miggy. He's going to hit one, and boy, did he.
It's home to Fenway to lick our wounds and play three against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Here are the pitching matchups....
James Shields (9-7, 4.32 ERA) vs. Tim Wakefield (13-10, 4.81) tonight
Scott Kazmir (9-7, 3.58) vs. Lester (1-0, 6.43) Tuesday
Andy Sonnanstine (1-8, 6.35) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-8, 3.59) Wednesday
So after the two worst losses of the year sandwiched around a brilliant Josh outing, the Red Sox are 4 games in front of the still white hot NY Yankeess. Right now they are among the best teams in baseball, and their record shows it. Our record? Still the best in baseball, but fading fast.
Click on the title of this post for more of the madness and agony that was Sunday in Baltimore, penned by the Globe's Gordon Edes. And enjoy your Monday, and frustrating "day after" for Red Sox Nation.