Red Sox - 025 002 001 02 - 12 18 0 Tigers - 410 200 003 03 - 13 17 0What the hell can you say?
It was great to see the bats awaken - three hits from Ortiz, Aviles, Punto; two each from Ellsbury and Gonzalez (who homered) - and we received some sterling relief pitching from Vicente Padilla (4-2-0-0-4, 51) and Franklin Morales (2-1-0-0-3, 29).
But these Tigers can hit. A three-run home run from Cabrera (5 RBI) off Aceves (0-3-3-0-0, 7) in the ninth to tie it, and a two-run shot from Avila in the eleventh off Melancon (who was one strike away from the save) to win it.
Boston is 0-3 to start the season for the second consecutive year; that hasn't happened since the absolute dead years of the early 1930s.
My advice to you: stay away from all Boston media until further notice.
Clay Buchholz / Max Scherzer
The Red Sox have scored two runs in 18 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury (0-for-7) has hit one ball out of the infield and has yet to reach base. Kevin Youkilis (0-for-8) struck out in four consecutive plate appearances. Cody Ross is also 0-for-8. The team has drawn three walks and struck out 19 times. On Saturday, Josh Beckett tied a career-high by allowing five home runs while the Sox got only two runners past first base.
The top five batters in the order - Ellsbury (0-for-7), Dustin Pedroia (1-for-7), Adrian Gonzalez (3-for-7), David Ortiz (2-for-6), Youkilis (0-for-8) - are hitting .167 (6-for-36). ... Ryan Sweeney has as many hits as Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youkilis, Ortiz, Ross, Mike Aviles, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia combined.
It's been a bad two games.
Last time the Red Sox started two consecutive seasons 0-2: 1986-1987
Last time the Red Sox started two consecutive seasons 0-3: 1931-1933 (3 seasons)
Buchholz makes his first appearance since last June 16 in an effort to salvage the final game of the series.