Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bullpen Blows 5-0 Game 162 Lead; Sox Lose, 7-6

 (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The Red Sox will limp into the post-season on a two-game losing streak—two games that exposed a huge bullpen weakness in the run-up to their lights-out closer Koji Uehara. In today's game, Boston relievers blew a 5-0 lead—in a 7-6 loss that froze the team's 2013 win total at 97. Five runs were charged to Felix Doubront, while the loss went to Rubby De LaRosa. Ironically, De la Rosa's "trade mate" in the Great Punto Deal (Allen Webster), pitched three solid innings (after a shaky first)—allowing no hits to the Orioles. The loss came despite that fact that six Red Sox had multiple-hit games—including home runs by the two fastest guys on the roster, Jacoby Ellsbury and Quintin Berry. Boston will await the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game—which is likely to be preceded by a "play-in play-in" on Monday between the Rays and Rangers in Texas.