Sunday road nightmares
What is it with Sunday road games? In this one at the Trop, the Sox blow a 6-2 lead. The last Sunday road game before this was the Coco-Manny inside-the-park disaster at Safeco two weeks ago. And the Sunday road game before that was the 19-inning meltdown in Chicago right before the All-Star break.
Earlier in the game, there was reason to be inspired.
Kevin Youkilis, not exactly blessed with blazing speed, trucked around third and tried to score on Alex Cora’s single. Youkilis saw catcher Dioner Navarro set up to take the throw, and he likely would have had the out if Youkilis allowed him to. But Youkilis basically rammed right into Navarro football-style, knocking the ball loose and bringing home not just one run, but two runs. That’s right, Wily Mo Pena circled all the way around from first on a tough error for Navarro.
That is the type of desire you need this time of year and this Red Sox team has it. Look at the way they’ve been winning games. Their last four wins before today were all of the comeback variety. Is that a formula that is going to keep a team going all year round? No. But it is one that will keep them above water at a time when adversity has mounted.
Then Ortiz launched his 40th homer and all seemed well. But it wasn’t.
The bullpen coughed this one up big-time after my initial post. Delcarmen and Hansen have been fairly atrocious of late and that’s troubling. Timlin has looked very hittable for the last month or two. And Papelbon simply picked the wrong day to be human. And Tavarez, what can you say about Tavarez, other than, how utterly fitting it was that he was out there for the final dagger of the day.