Aaron Cook's return to MLB with the Red Sox on Saturday was a total disaster, as he was spiked by Chris Davis in the second inning covering home on a passed ball. The NESN cameras caught a chunk taken out of his left knee. He needs 11 stitches to close it up.
But Cook tried to tough it out, and stayed in the game. I won't second-guess Bobby Valentine on this, as he had a pen that was used up from the night before.
But the Orioles whacked him for six more runs in the third, and went on to an easy 8-2 drubbing. As Warner Wolf used to say, "You can turn your sets off there." And I did, as I've had enough watching bad baseball this week (and season).
Make no mistake about it. This is a better Orioles team than in 2011. They had taken 2 of 3 from New York earlier this week, so they were going to prove to be tough opposition.
But why can't this Sox team win at home? They are 4-9 at Fenway this season, and have dropped 9 of their last 10 at home. Yesterday, they allowed a seven-run inning at home for third time this year. Bloody hell.
And just to avoid a sweep at home by the Orioles today, Clay Buchholz will have to bring his "A" game, something we have seen very little of this season.
Let's just say I'm not overwhelmed with confidence at that prospect.
They don't pitch. They don't hit. They just find new ways of embarrassing their loyal fans.