Question: You are a fan of a baseball team, let's call them the "Red Sox." They lead another team -- the "Yankees" -- 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning. With one of the Yankees' best pitchers on the mound, the Red Sox do this with one out:
"Payton" doubles to left field.
"Bellhorn" singles to center field.
"Damon" singles to right field.
"Renteria" singles to left field.
"Ortiz" singles to the second baseman in shallow center field.
How many runs do you think the Red Sox have scored? And how many outs do you think there are?
Answer: One run -- and three outs. The inning is over.
Five consecutive hits and yet the Red Sox make more outs than runs scored? Can that be? ... Oh, it be. Because Dale Sveum is coaching third base for the Red Sox. And he is the flat-out, hands-down worst man for the job.
And he's like a Supreme Court judge out there, incapable of losing his job. He's a got a fucking lifetime appointment. No matter what he does -- defile and kill young boys on the mound -- his manager will defend him.
On Renteria's hit, the speedy Bellhorn was waved home. Tony Womack had the ball in shallow left before Bellhorn had touched third base. He was so dead, he couldn't even execute a decent slide. ... Then, three pitches later, on Ortiz's grounder behind second base, Robinson Cano threw out Damon, who Sveum waved around from second. On what was basically an infield hit.
If Sveum (who pulled this kind of shit all last season) uses any common sense whatsoever, the Red Sox have the bases loaded with Ortiz, Ramirez and Varitek coming up against Randy Johnson, who is over 100 pitches, has walked a season-high four batters and has been throwing 91-92, tops, all night. ... But that's not how we do things in Red Sox Land.
Adding injury to insult, in the bottom of the sixth, after Wakefield walks Bernie Williams and allows a two-run home run to Cano and a single to Derek Jeter, Terry Francona brings in Alan Embree. This is the same Embree who was used (along with Jeremi Gonzalez and Mike Myers) Thursday night when Boston was down by seven runs to Toronto, presumably so the better arms in the pen could be used in New York.
Embree gives up a single to Womack and a looooong, three-run bomb into the upper deck in left to Gary Sheffield. 6-3 Yankees -- and that's how it ended.
A few good things: Edgar Renteria three hits for the second straight game, Jay Payton had a single and a double (and a nice first inning catch on Jeter). Jason Varitek homered off Johnson in the fifth, putting the first two runs on the board, but struck out against Mariano Rivera in the ninth (when he should/could have walked).
Did I say I was no longer fuming after losses? ... Well, I'm fuming, baby!