Brad Mills erred by sending Mike Timlin out for a second inning this afternoon. Timlin has always been iffy-to-bad when he pitches more than one inning.
After the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth, tying the game on Edgar Renteria's single, Timlin allowed a single to Reed Johnson and a game-winning double to Orlando Hudson.
Where was Keith Foulke? Was Mills saving him for a save situation in extra innings? I fucking hope not. Was he worried about using him for two innings with the Yankees looming tomorrow? Perhaps. ... I'm not even sure Foulke warmed up at all. I'll have to check the video tape.
Matt Clement threw 108 pitches in six innings -- 49 balls and 59 strikes -- a horrible ratio. He allowed six hits and five walks (he also hit a batter) and somehow left trailing only 3-1.
Boston left six men on base against Ted Lilly in the second through fifth innings, and that inability to get men home cost them. ... Many Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek each had two hits -- and Renteria's clutch hit should earn him some applause tomorrow.
Part of me wants to vent about how dead the bats have been, but I know it's very early. However, even following along online, the game had the distinct feel of the middle part of last season, when the hitters seemed to be going through the motions way too much of the time.
The home crowd tomorrow afternoon should wake them up -- and them some.