Ah, boy. This isn't how you want to start off the second half.
Tim Wakefield allowed six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday night. Wakefield allowed seven runs (six earned) in two innings of work. Wake's record now sits at 3-8.
The offense wasn't very good, either. The Red Sox managed just six hits, with two of those being solo home runs by J.D. Drew and Bill Hall. The 1-4 hitters in the lineup -- Marco Scutaro, Eric Patterson, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis -- went a combined 0 for 17 with four strikeouts.
More good in the sea of bad: the bullpen. Robert Manuel was the first out of the 'pen, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out one in 2.2 innings. No runs -- that's key. Later in the game, Scott Atchison outdid Manuel by tossing three scoreless innings while allowing one hit and striking out one.
That's all the good we'd see Thursday night, though.
Felix Doubront gets the 7 p.m. start on Friday night.