Red Sox - 100 002 000 - 3 7 1 Blue Jays - 002 200 50x - 9 12 0So, did we get that "minimal level of competence"? Nope. Lackey turned in yet another garbage performance (6.2-9-9-5-1, 118), sticking his teammates in an early 4-1 hole, and then, when Boston rallied to within one run, shitting the bed in the seventh, opening the door for a Blue Jays rout and a two-game Toronto sweep.
Terry Francona also gets a "WTF?" for staying with Lackey in the seventh as he went - BB, 1B, L7, L7, BB, BB*, 2B** - before getting the hook. At that point, Tito might as well have left him out there to throw 170 pitches and blow out his arm.
Plus he was his usual demonstrative self on the mound when his fielders - especially Carl Crawford in the seventh - did not perform up to his expectations. I'd love it if the infielders (or Crawford) started yelling "Throw strikes, asshole!" or maybe Francona could stick "Lack" in center field for three innings at the end of a blowout, and we can see how he does.
Adrian "E.B." Gonzalez doubled and scored in the first and homered in the sixth - his sixth dong in the last nine games. David Ortiz also homered in the sixth. Carl Crawford had two hits and J.D. Drew singled and walked twice. Jacoby Ellsbury did not hit the ball out of the infield; he went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 19 games.
Day off on Thursday before three games in Yankee Stadium III.
John Lackey / Jesse Litsch
Dear Mr. Lackey: I don't like you, and the thought of watching you pitch for the Red Sox for the next 3.5 years is not a pleasant one. Nevertheless, I (and many others) would greatly appreciate it if you performed at even a minimal level of competence tonight, so as to give your teammates a chance to win. Thanking you in advance,
Jed Lowrie is sick with the flu bug that has been making the rounds, so Jose Iglesias will make his first major league start tonight!
AL East: Royals/Yankees, Mariners/Orioles, and Rays/Spiders at 7 PM.