Three straight losses to the Padres and Pirates. Bloody hell.
And another night of leaving runners EVERYWHERE. One run scored, 11 men left on base, Sox were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Jon Lester retired the first six hitters, then struggled the rest of the night, giving up all three Pittsburgh runs. He suffered his first road loss of 2011.
These are the losses that REALLY drive me up a wall. Granted the Pirates aren't the NL doormats any more (Houston has that dubious distinction) and Paul Maholm pitched well. But the Sox had runners in scoring position with less than than two outs in four separate innings and came up with nothing. A beyond frustrating 3-1 loss.
Tim Wakefield faces his former team tomorrow night. New York loss tonight to the Rockies (how about Jason Giambi belting a homer?) keeps the Red Sox in first place by a half-game.