To make a long story short, Alfredo Aceves was awful. Really, truly awful. In under four innings of work, he was tagged four eight runs--seven earned--on seven hits, four walks, and a homer (not to mention the balks). The rest of the runs came via Steven Wright, who at least managed to keep the important parts of the Boston bullpen off the mound before the game was called in the seventh. Little more needs to be said than that, and really this is a game best forgotten, so as far as play-by-play is concerned, I think we'll leave it there.
Simply put, this is the Alfredo Aceves we could have expected. This is the one many of us did not want making the team out of spring. Wild, hittable, awful. While the Red Sox got a pair of decent starts from him in place of the injured John Lackey, that balance was always going to come due at some point. Aceves is who he is, and he is not a good pitcher.
The good news is that, if this game was doomed to happen at some point, Aceves chose a decent time to fall off the proverbial. David Ortiz was sitting, the bullpen was gassed, and John Lackey is expected to take back his spot come Sunday.
Some will bemoan the lack of offense, and getting shut down by Bartolo Colon certainly stings. But this is not a game to read too much into. It was a cold wet night which saw the team dispirited by the bottom of the third. This is not a game to dwell on, or even to remember. It's a game to shake off, forget, and hope the principal actor does not appear and force us to remember it anytime soon.
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