The Red Sox have had a rough season so far, and an even rougher past week. They are now riding a pitiful record of 4 and 9, six of which losses came during the past week.
In the road series against the Minnesota Twins from Monday to Thursday, Boston managed to pull out one win from the three games. On Monday they lost 2-5 to Minnesota, with starting pitcher Jon Lester giving up four runs in five innings. Twins' Joe Mauer had 3 hits and 2 RBI's. On Wednesday night, with help from Jeremy Hermida's three-run, bases clearing double in the eighth inning, the Red Sox grabbed a 6-3 win over the Twins. John Lackey pitched for 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and 2 runs. Thursday nights game was absolutely horrible thanks to the Twins shutting out the Red Sox 8-0. Not only was Tim Wakefield's performance on the mound less than stellar, the Twin's starting pitcher Fransisco Liriano completely silenced our team's bats.
Unfortunately the weekend only got worse at Fenway. The Red Sox were swept in a 4 game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Friday nights 1-3 loss was delayed and then set in stone when it was completed on Saturday. Saturday's regularly scheduled game was played out and the Red Sox lost 5-6. Maybe Sunday and Monday's games will be better. Not a chance. The Sox lost to the Devil Rays by 1-7 and 2-8 on Sunday and Monday respectively.
Yuck. This post was not fun to write. One problem with having a sports blog is that you are obligated to still report on the games when your team plays horribly and loses. Of course I would never let these losses sway my loyalty to the Red Sox, but it is a lot nicer and more exciting to write posts when they win. You have to keep in mind, however, that your readers are expecting updates from your blog so you should provide both the good new and the bad news. Hopefully from here on out it will be a lot more good news coming from the Red Sox!!