With only one run and eight hits in Games 1 and 2, the Red Sox have never -- in 151 post-season games dating back to the 1903 World Series -- been limited to just one run or as few as eight combined hits over two consecutive games.
The Red Sox are hitting .131 (8-for-61) in this LDS and are in danger of setting a new record for the lowest batting average by an LDS team (.141, 1998 Rangers vs Yankees).
In Boston's last three playoff games (including 2008 ALCS 7), the Red Sox have scored two runs on 11 hits in 27 innings.
I don't know about surprising [being down 0-2]. I don't think we've played well enough to win either game. ... We definitely dug a pretty good hole for ourselves. We're not eliminated until they win the third game.Kevin Youkilis:
There really is no big picture for us right now. We just have to go out and win a ballgame or we're going home.Terry Francona is leaning towards using Jon Lester on three days rest in Game 4. Josh Beckett would pitch Game 5 on normal rest. ... Jacoby Ellsbury's fourth inning triple broke an 0-for-24 post-season drought.
The Red Sox got on a plane ASAP last night, but the Angels will workout at their park today before heading east. Mike Scioscia: "We're going to work out here before our flight and then we'll get into Boston and get a good night's sleep and get ready to play."
P.S.: According to SoSHer Eric Van, home plate umpire CB Bucknor "made two calls in this game that were even more damaging than the two calls the previous night ... and they helped the Sox. ... You have to wonder whether he was consciously or unconsciously trying to avoid the appearance of bias." See here.