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Phil Humber far from perfect in loss to Red Sox

Apr 26, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

AP Phil Humber

Phil Humber tossed the 21st perfect game in MLB history Saturday against the Mariners, but things were different from the very first batter tonight against the Red Sox.

Humber walked leadoff man Mike Aviles before striking out Ryan Sweeney swinging. After Aviles stole second base, Dustin Pedroia singled and Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI double. Perfect game, no-hitter and shutout gone within the span of four batters. It only got worse from there.

Humber ended up allowing two runs in the first inning before tossing a scoreless second, but he was touched up for five more runs in the third, including a grand slam by Kevin Youkilis and a solo shot by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The homers by Youkils and Saltalamacchia were back-to-back. Humber responded with a one-two-three fourth inning, but Saltalamacchia ripped his second home run of the game in the fifth, this time a two-run shot.

All told, Humber allowed a career-high nine runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings as part of a 10-3 loss. Going from the best game of your career to the worst? Baseball is a mighty humbling game sometimes.

  1. Glenn - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Three comments in a row about the Red Sox? Please look away. I was hoping no one would notice her before I asked her to dance. She is not as ugly as she seems and I was hoping to get a “Stairway to Heaven” in before anyone noticed that she doesn’t totally suck.

  2. georgia - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Saltalamacchia just grounded out in what should be his last at-bat of the game. If he somehow managed to hit three home runs during the contest, then I would have been absolutely shocked.

    Also, seeing Youk finally get a big hit was nice.

  3. jwbiii - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    It took Adam Dunn until the bottom of the ninth to keep his consecutive game K streak going.

  4. aceshigh11 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Four in a row! It’s amazing how quickly the tide can turn in baseball.

    But, let’s be real…the Sox have been teeing off on some fairly weak teams the last week, which is what they’ve been good at since about 2009, and not much else.

    They’re lucky to have a somewhat soft schedule over the next month or so. It’ll give them a chance to build up some momentum and possibly work out their “issues”, but until they prove themselves against the Rangers, Yankees, Rays, Tigers, etc., I’ll remain skeptical.

    • bloodysock - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      The four game winning streak and 43 runs scored in their last five games might seem like th etide has turned. However, the sweep over Minnesota is nothing to get too excited over as the only MLB team with a worse record since September 1, 2011 than the Red Sox are the Twins (and that includes KC and their 10 game losing streak)!

    • skeleteeth - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Regardless of who they are playing I don’t think the questions lie with the offensive output with the exception of Youkilis and even he is starting hit the gaps the other way with power. I can’t say I’m fans yet of Ross and Aviles. I remember Aviles having a similar streak at the beginning of last season in KC and then being sent to AAA by May for a bit. Ross just seems to get lucky with mistakes. We will see how long those 2 (+Salty) can sustain.

      Sweeney has been a pleasant surprise as well, leading the AL w/10 doubles.

  5. Lukehart80 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Going back to Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, 15 guys have thrown a perfect game. 12 of those pitchers have given up a base runner in the 1st inning of their next start, 7 of them let the first hitter they faced reach safely:

    http://southsideshowdown.com/2012/04/26/after-perfection/

  6. adeedothatswho - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    The guy is a brand new father, he probably is out of emotionally and physically spent. Shit happens.

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