Monday, March 31, 2014

Opener SquanderPalooza; Sox Fall To O's, 2-1

(AP Photo)
They were 0-9 with runners in scoring position. They left 12 runners on base. And they lost, 2-1. So starts the title defense for your Carmine Hose. Jon Lester pitched well through seven innings—making just two mistakes (a lead-off walk and a HR—both to Nelson Cruz). But the story of this loss was the inability of Boston to make anything happen in run-scoring opportunities. The only tally was a lead-off HR in the 4th inning by Grady Sizemore. Jackie Bradley, Jr. struck out to end the game with two runners on—after pinch-running for Mike Napoli. So, they will not go undefeated in 2014.