On Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Alfredo Aceves got positively shellacked.
It wasn't so much that he gave up eight runs, it was how he gave up those runs and his accounting of his effort after the game.
But for the game first, here is a brief synopsis provided by Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com:
It was bad enough Aceves allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in a brutal 13-0 loss to the Oakland A's in 42-degree drizzle at Fenway Park. It was made worse by Aceves' actions in the third, when a) he threw 42 pitches, as he allowed six runs; b) balked twice in the span of a few hitters; c) failed to cover first base in time on a ground ball to the right side that would have ended the inning with the score only 3-0, and d) after the runner, Josh Reddick, was ruled safe, turned and made a lazy, flat-footed throw to the plate that sailed past catcher Jarod Saltalamacchia and allowed another run to score.
Aceves then used a bevy of reasons why his outing was so bad after the game, including, but not necessarily limited to:
- Small strike zone
- His teammates can't hit
Wait, he said what?
Yes, Aceves went there. He actually tried pinning the blame on his bad performance to his teammates on that bleak night. They were held in check by Bartolo Colon, with the game mercilessly being called by rain after seven innings.
Aceves went on and on following the game about the reasons for his putrid outing, but this particular comment raised more than a few eyebrows.
The Red Sox optioned Aceves to Pawtucket following the game, but both GM Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell said it had nothing to do with Aceves' postgame tirade.
Yeah, right—and I look like Richard Gere, too.