Sunday, July 6, 2014

Splitty In The Dirt; Sox Win, Then Lose To O's

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Yesterday's twin-bill at Fenway Park was—in the words of the Immortal Bard (Shakespeare, not Daniel)—"a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". While we are ten years removed from our own "Idiots", this quote aptly applies to yesterday's split-decision double-header. The Sox gained exactly zero ground on the first-place Orioles by walking off with a 3-2 win and then losing 7-4. Jonathan Herrera was the hero in Game 1—absolving Xander Bogaerts of an egregious two-run error—but there was a goat in the nightcap, John Lackey. Doomed to forever stink against Baltimore, he proved the curse again by blowing a 4-2 lead. The demise started by yielding a solo HR to Nelson Cruz (who happened to go 5 for 5 with three extra base hits). But the real crime came in the sixth, when Lackey gave up a flurry of hits (sandwiched around yet another error) to yield the lead and (eventually) the win. On the bright side (sort of), Stephen Drew homered twice on the day.