After the Sox laid it on hot and heavy Monday night, they took it on the chin Tuesday night, as Daisuke Matsuzaka went back to his nibbling routine and got burned for eight earned runs, and an 14-5 ass whipping. (I figured we'd see righty specialist Bill Hall before the game was all over.)
And it looked like it was going to continue on Wednesday night, as Tampa Bay jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the second. But the Sox still showed they have some fight and some dignity, as they came marching back, courtesy of two Marco Scutaro home runs (and four hits), and solo shots by David Ortiz, Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre.
The Red Sox coasted to an 11-5 win, with Tim Wakefield getting his 4th win of 2010, his 179th in a Sox uniform, and he also became the oldest pitcher in team history to get a victory.
Josh Reddick had three hits, and Lars Anderson got the first two of his MLB career, and his first RBI as well.
The Red Sox now trail Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 with 22 games to play. I know I'm dreaming...
And if the Mets don't have enough problems. Three players skipped a visit with the injured troops at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC on Tuesday. The three, Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, felt they had better things to do. Perez and Castillo are goners after this year anyway, but Beltran has a totally untradeable contract. The Mets are very angry with the three, and doing something like this makes a bad season look even worse.
Castillo's explanation for his absence was extremely lame and inexcusable:
"Sometimes when you see people with no legs and no arms, when they go to fight for us and they're in the hospital like that, I don't like to see that."
I'm sure our returning injured vets really appreciate that sentiment from some overpaid, pampered athlete. Castillo ought to be ashamed of himself. And hopefully he's an ex-Met after this season.