Sunday, July 15, 2012

.500 Red Sox Find A New Way To Lose

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It was all looking so promising. Clay Buchholz was pitching well after a three-week layoff. The Red Sox were stealing runs off David Price, and were up 3-2 in the seventh. Then, three walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly—loss number 44 (5-3). No hits and the loss of a lead.

This is the kind of play that leads to another season without a 'post' in front of it. Aside from Buchholz's solid start, the only other bright spot was Will Middlebrooks finding his groove again—and launching a two-run shot that gave Boston its first lead.