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The Usual Suspects: Red Sox Fall to Royals Thanks to Stranded Runners, Bullpen Failure

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Going into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Sox held a 3-2 lead despite having stranded 7 baserunners thanks to J.D. Drew's 2-run homer. But as usual, when the bullpen took over, things went downhill in a hurry.

 

Hideki Okajima gave a leadoff double up to David DeJesus. Daniel Bard got a huge strikeout with DeJesus having moved to third by way of a sacrifice bunt, but a broken bat blooper into left field scored both DeJesus and Alberto Callaspo, who Bard had walked immediately out of the pen.

 

Down 4-3, Mike Cameron lead off with a single to left, but ended up the 8th stranded runner after Ellsbury struck out looking and Pedroia flew out to right after a valiant battle against Royals closer Joakim Soria.

 

Tim Wakefield pitched a strong game, giving up only 2 runs over 7 innings on back-to-back solo shots in the 6th.

 

Game Notes:

  • David Ortiz was ejected quickly while arguing a check-swing. He was replaced by Jeremy Hermida, who singled in his only at bat.
  • This is the third straight loss for the bullpen.
  • Some very questionable baserunning tonight as Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out trying to stretch a shallow single into a double in the first at bat of the game, and J.D. Drew was thrown out trying to steal 2nd (perhaps a missed hit-and-run sign by Cameron?)
  • Slow start for the Red Sox? Nothing new. The 2007 team started out 2-3, the 2008 team went 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6, and the 2009 team of course started 2-6.
  • The Red Sox have only been outscored by 3 runs to start the season. This will even out too.