Monday, August 5, 2013

Boston, We Have A Problem; Sox Shutout, 2-0

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
John Lackey twisted his ankle, came back out to pitch, and struck out 10. But that still wasn't enough to get the Red Sox a win at Minute Maid Park tonight. Boston was shut down on five hits and beaten 2-0 by the immortal Brett Oberholtzer and two relievers. The Red Sox stranded eight baserunners in the loss, and saw their AL East lead shaved to a razor-thin 1/2 game over idle Tampa Bay. Only Dustin Pedroia had more than one hit on the night—and one of those was of the infield variety. This was a real stinker of a loss to a team that can barely field more than three Quadruple A players. All in all, the Carmine Hose were about as robust as the U.S. Space Program—in other words, essentially grounded.