Sunday, April 27, 2008
To paraphrase the great Harry Doyle (pictured): "What, just two goddamned hits?"
That's what many Red Sox fans were saying after something happened today that many of us thought never could happen: The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Defending World Champion Boston Red Sox in a three-game series.
Yes, I know the Rays are a better team this year, and are perhaps the best Tampa Bay team in their short history. But that doesn't make up for the lost weekend the Red Sox just suffered through. They scored just five runs in three games, and just one (yep, just one goddamned run) in the last two games. The Red Sox offense was simply MIA, especially today. (David Ortiz was out of the lineup for the second straight day, which leads me to believe there really is something wrong with the Big Man.)
Josh Beckett was simply superb, striking out a career-high 13 batters, and allowed just one earned run on four hits. A wild throw on a pickoff at first allowed a run to come home for Tampa Bay as J.D. Drew made a bad throw to try to catch him. And Beckett allowed a seventh inning home run to Evan Longoria, and that was all she wrote, as the Rays went on to win 3-0.
Taking nothing away from the games Edwin Jackson (on Saturday) and James Shields pitched today (a two-hit shutout), but the Red Sox looked really sluggish this weekend and they also looked like they couldn't wait to get back on the plane to Boston. They've now dropped five straight for the first time since 2006, and face the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
Let's hope they can get at least more than two goddamned hits then.