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Friday, April 15, 2011

From pessimism to optimism back to pessimism; Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox

As I was starting to write a post on how absolutely awful the Red Sox pitching was in this game, which it was, the Red Sox offense started a rally in the 8th with the help of 2 walks by Blue Jay relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski scoring 3 runs adding to their 3 runs from the 3rd inning as they still trail the Blue Jays 7-6.

The Red Sox had a 3-0 lead until the 5th inning when Clay Buchholz gave up 2 runs by a 2 RBI triple from Corey Patterson. Alfredo Aceves came into relieve Buchholz in the 6th and gave up a run off a RBI double from Travis Snider. Bobby Jenks gave up 4 runs in the 7th and was replaced by Felix Doubront after Jenks only recorded 1 out. Doubront got the next 2 batters out for no more damage but was stolen off of by Aaron Hill. After all of this the Blue Jays had a 7-3 lead and all hope for a 3rd win for the Red Sox was disappearing until the 8th when Rzepczynski came in relief of Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor.

Rzepczynski was able to get Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to first base. Rzepczynski then walked back-to-back Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz. J.D. Drew struck out swinging for the 2nd out.  Jed Lowrie came to pinch hit for struggling Jarrod Saltalamacchia as he batted Rzepczynski threw a wild pitch that moved Youkilis and Ortiz both into scoring position for Lowries RBI single to shorten the Blue Jays lead to 3. Blue Jays then took Rzepczynski out of the game and put in Casey Janssen who gave up a 2 RBI double to Marco Scutaro shortening the Blue Jays lead over the Red Sox to 1 (7-6 Blue Jays). Janssen was able to get the 3rd out and stop the Red Sox rally when Jacoby Ellsbury flied out to right field.

Jonathan Papelbon was able to do his part and get 3 outs without allowing a run. Sadly the Red Sox top of the line up couldn't do anything to either win the game or put it into extra innings. Carl Crawford struck out, he went 0-5 in the game as lead off hitter, Pedroia grounded out to short stop, and then Adrian Gonzalez, with his newly signed deal with the Red Sox keeping him in Boston for at least 7 years, grounded out to 1st base for the 3rd out. A perfect 9th for Blue Jay closer Jon Rauch and a save as the Red Sox fall to 2-10 on the season.

It's really hard to be optimistic watching the Red Sox play now. The pitching is giving up runs like nothing and the offense can't keep up with it. I'm wondering when they can snap out of this and start winning. I'm not the type of fan to jump ship so I'll still watch the games on game day since I can't get NESN and I am still a Red Sox fan, a very depressed Red Sox fan.

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