Ozzie: “The Way We’re Playing, It Feels Like We’re 20 Games Out.”
When you’ve dropped below .500 for the first time since the end of June, have lost four in a row, are hitting .221 with runners in scoring position in the last 22 games and can’t count on anyone in the bullpen, you’re going to feel like you’re so low that you have to look up to see down.
Last night, the David Ortiz walk-off homer off of Tony Pena in the bottom of the ninth sunk the Sox, 3-2. Two nights ago, it was Jason Bay’s clout in the eighth off of Scott Linebrink that put Boston in the lead for good.
It was also another night of stranding runners at third. In the first, Konerko was left on base with two outs. In the fifth, Quentin didn’t score with one out as Rios and Ramirez both grounded out and Beckham was left on third in the eighth with two down. Obviously, any of those runs would have made a big difference in the game.
Now on a four-game skid, the Sox only hope in Boston is to salvage the series finale tonight before heading to, gulp, Yankee Stadium to face the game’s best team. Salvaging one game may not seem like much, but if we can make things happen tonight the team’s mindset should be a bit more positive as they play the final seven games of the road trip.
Good News Department: The best news coming out of last night’s game were Floyd’s solid performance and a pair of rarities–a Paulie triple and a Scotty Pods pinch homer.
THE SOX 11-GAME ROAD ODYSSEY SCORECARD: 0-3, TIED WITH TWINS FOR SECOND, 4 1/2 GAMES IN BACK OF THE TIGERS.