Thursday, April 7, 2011

Please Don't Squeeze The Brahmin

This is now becoming epic. The win-free Red Sox are—in classic crappy team fashion—finding new ways to lose. After Jon Lester righted his personal ship with seven shutout innings, it was time for the bullpen to chime in. Daniel Bard (he of the 16.88 ERA) walked the lead-off guy in the 8th. The runner stole second (we won't even talk about Salty's "throw"). Old friend Orlando Cabrera bunted the runner to third. The other Cabrera (Asdrubal) laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to plate the lone run—without benefit of a hit.

Oh, but it doesn't end there. No, no, no. These are your 2011 Red Sox. In the top of the 9th, after the first two Carmine Hose went down meekly, Papi drew a walk. Tito inserted Darnell McDonald as a pinch-runner (the clearly right thing to do). After J.D. Drew rifled a shot off the pitcher to third, McDonald (for some unknown reason) started to round second base. Well, he slipped and fell and was gunned down for the final out of the game. I'd say we're ready for the Yankees, right?