March 27, 2011

Panic Setting In As Red Sox Lose 10th Straight

With Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox have lost 10 consecutive spring training games -- a franchise record. The team's last win came against the Mets on St. Patrick's Day.

Up 3-1, Boston used the following four pitchers over the last three innings: Jason Rice, Tommy Hottovy, Santo Luis, and Blake Maxwell. I trust Terry Francona will make wiser bullpen decisions (and will have better options available) when the regular season begins ... on Friday!

J.D. Drew hit a two-run home run to left and Marco Scutaro went 2-for-4. ... Kevin Youkilis's 0-for-2 day dropped his average to .196. ... Jarrod Saltalamacchia did not play today, but he has been raking. In 37 plate appearances, he has a 1.078 OPS (.355/.432/.645).

Opening Day starter Jon Lester had his final spring outing today -- five innings against a bunch of Sox minor leaguers, including Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson and Luis Exposito (who hit a two-run dong). Lester threw 77 pitches, giving up nine hits and five runs; he struck out five.
I pitched out of some jams, had some errors and kind of overcome that. I think it was pretty good as far as preparing for a season. Kind of everything that could happen in a game happened.
There are three exhibition games remaining: Blue Jays on Monday, Rays on Tuesday, and Astros (in Houston) on Wednesday.


Gregory Lynn said...

I think we should lose all three remaining ST games as a tribute to the thirteen game postseason losing streak.

Then we should go out and extend the world series game win streak to 12.

Benjamin said...

It's worse than all that. Today, the Sox failed to end their streak of 174 consecutive days without playing a regular season baseball game.

andy said...

The Red Sox have been optioned to Pawtucket for the 2011 season. When asked about this surprising revelation his response, "You gotta know when to fold 'em."

Theo, "I'm going to be working as a bat boy in Baltimore."

Lackey, "This wouldn't have happened if this team could play D."

accudart said...

I didn't even know they had lost 10 in a row! I sure hope Salty can hit during the season, the line-up would be that much tougher.

laura k said...

LOL @ Benjamin & Andy