That was one of the ugliest games I have seen in a long time.
After going down early thanks to a very shaky Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox came back and back. All of a sudden, thanks to a J.D. Drew home run, the Red Sox were back in the game at 6-5. Then they're REALLY in the game in the 8th when Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez go back-to-back with home runs to take the lead.
And then Jonathan Papelbon blows it. And he blew it hard.
Tim Wakefield and Daniel Bard were great in relief, setting it up in the 9th for Papelbon. He came in and just got rocked. Alex Rodriguez tied it with a two-run home run. That was deflating enough. Then Papelbon allowed Marcus Thames. No, not Marcus Thames. MARCUS FREAKIN' THAMES to win the game with a walk-off two run home run.
Like I said, blew it hard.
Thank you, Victor Martinez, for coming off your hitless streak with two home runs.Thank you, David Ortiz, for continuing to hit well in May. Thank you, Kevin Youkilis, for being Kevin Youkilis. Thank you, J.D. Drew, for giving the Red Sox some hope. Thank you, Tim Wakefield, for being a god damn warrior out of the bullpen.
But no thanks to a very hittable Jonathan Papelbon who blew the save and took the loss.
Any way you cut it, this is a really, really bad loss. If you want to look for positives, you can find them. But if you want to shake your head and kick something, then I suggest that, too.