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The Red Sox lose again

Sep 19, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

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Terry Francona: What’s our record, DeMarlo?
DeMarlo Hale: Eighty-seven and sixty-six.
Terry Francona: Eighty-seven … and sixty-six. How’d we ever win eighty-seven?
DeMarlo Hale: It’s a miracle.
Terry Francona: It’s a miracle.

Yep, the Sox dropped the front end of a double header against the O’s this afternoon. The score as 6-5. All six were given up while Kyle Weiland was on the hill.  He gives up runs in bunches, so that’s no surprise. On the bright side, he probably won’t be allowed another start this season, so that part of the Red Sox’ pain is likely over. Jeremy Guthrie was no great shakes himself, but he was able to get the win, which will now foreclose him, it seems, from losing 20, so that’s something good.

Homers from Robert Andino, Nolan Reimold and J.J. Hardy did the damage for the O’s. Darnell McDonald hit his own homer, but had all manner of adventures in the outfield to make up for it, handing the O’s a couple of runs when he lost a ball in the sun early on.  Even the cosmos have it in for Boston right now.

Their lead is down to one and a half games leading up to the nightcap this evening. Tampa Bay heads to Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

  1. Jonny 5 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    The picture. Please explain. It looks like Papi is hanging from puppet strings.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Looks like he’s slamming his helmet.

      • Panda Claus - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM

        No, I believe he’s yelling at the helmet to “Get in my belly”, and it was starting to jump up towards his mouth when this picture was taken.

      • hittfamily - Sep 20, 2011 at 4:17 AM

        He is teeing off with the new Calloway Big Papi. It has a head almost as large as a baseball helmet, and a shaft so thin it is barely visible. He looks to have pretty good form as well.

    • detiger69 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      I believe he was heard yelling “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”.

  2. paperlions - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Fixed.

    Terry Francona: What’s our record, DeMarlo?
    DeMarlo Hale: 87 and 66
    Terry Francona: 87 … and 66. How’d we ever win eighty-seven?
    DeMarlo Hale: Maybe it’s just society

  3. sdelmonte - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    What a 10 day stretch we have ahead of us in the AL East. Two teams playing for their lives, two teams hoping to play spoiler, and atop it all a team that wants just to wrap up the division and home field. Should be fun.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Gregg was not asked to save the game.

  5. dracko19 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Keep your hopes up beantown. Tigers backed in as a wild card in 2006 and were struggling just like this and ended up in the world series. Doesn’t matter how you get in….just get in.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      I think the Giants hold the Prize for that particular feat.

      • dlevalley - Sep 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        I don’t really know what you mean. Are you talking about the Giants of 2010?

        Because that team went 45-29 in the Second half, and 18-8 in September. They were .500 in August, but that’s hardly “backing in”.

    • Panda Claus - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      Easier said than done. Reminds me of the Steve Martin joke about how to become a millionaire–“first, start with a million dollars”.

    • dondada10 - Sep 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      At which point the Red Birds destroyed them.

  6. phukyouk - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Mo just saved number 602… oddly enough its the EXACT same number as the Sox lead on Sept 1st.

  7. APBA Guy - Sep 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    I hope nobody associates this impending collapse with an Oakland connection:

    Francona: Oakland bench coach in 2003
    Hale: Oakland organizational player, mid ’80’s.
    Curt Young: Oakland pitching coach 2004-2010

    Just a coincidence?

    • Jeremy T - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:39 PM

      Yes.

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