I’d like to get some sleep at some point this week, but the hometown teams won’t let me. I’d also like to request that if they are going to keep me up to all hours of the night and make me a useless slob at work the next day, that they actually win the game.
This week I can only say that I’ve been miserable and tired. On Wednesday, it was the heartbreaking triple-overtime loss for the Boston Bruins at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. Last night it was the thirteen-inning Boston Red Sox debacle at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. At least hockey is a sport that is non-stop action. It’s hard to stay awake running on four hours of sleep when you have to listen to Don Orsillo talk about the weather for 30 seconds between pitches.
Nevertheless, last night was unfortunately business as usual for the Red Sox at Camden Yards. The Orioles at this point are in the Red Sox’ head. They have to be. There’s no other way to explain the fashion in which they lose to this team. Last year they lost four times in extra innings, and 10 times by three runs or less.
In 2013, the Red Sox are a much improved ballclub, except when they play the Orioles. They are now 1-3 against Baltimore this season, losing by one run in two of them, and late inning rallies in all of them.
There’s simply no explaining the fact that the Red Sox were no-hit through the final six innings. The only player who even reached base was Jacoby Ellsbury on a questionable call in which his swing may or may not have made contact with Matt Wieters glove, and was thus awarded first base.
The pitching from Felix Doubrant was predictably, unpredictable. Ultimately, he was outpitched by rookie Kevin Gausman. The bright spots included Mike Carp, who continues to produce every time he is called upon, and Alex Wilson. The Red Sox reliever was called up from Pawtuckett earlier this week and performed admirably through two and two-thirds innings, before ultimately getting bested by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in the thirteenth.
It’s a four-game series, but if the Red Sox keep losing like this, it’s going to be a long summer.