How the Mighty Red Sox Have Fallen out of the AL East Race

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

It's almost quite hard to believe that the Boston Red Sox were a dominant 8-0 against the New York Yankees to kick off the 2009 season.
But during the last five meetings with the Bronx Bombers, Boston has yet to capitalize and this comes at the more crucial stage of the season.
Friday night was singlehandedly the most embarrassing game all season to the Yankees and perhaps overall, as the Red Sox pitching imploded in a 20-11 loss at Fenway Park.
The sad part about the game is that the offense scored 11 runs, but still managed to lose. 
The run down
Brad Penny could not get his act together until the third inning after giving up six runs and his offense couldn't get a hit until Dustin Pedroia over judged and tried to turn a double into a triple. He got credit with the hit, but recorded the out five seconds later. 
At that point it was a 6-1 ball game with two outs. Who knows what could have happened is Pedroia didn't falter on the base path.
After Penny calmed down and got his act together for a couple of innings he gave up a single to Mark Teixeira, then a long base hit to Alex Rodriguez to put runners on the corners with no outs. Terry Francona knew he had to make the switch, but had no clue what was to come once he brought in Michael Bowden into his second Major League game this season. 
This time, it didn't go so hot.
Bowden was welcomed by a three-run bomb by Red Sox killer Hideki Matsui (two runs were charged t0 Penny) and dealt eight hits, five more runs, and three walks in two innings pitched. After it was all said and done it was 15-4 until the bottom half of the sixth.
The Sox made it interesting for a little bit and a comeback could have been possible if not for the 15 runs already given up, but when it was all said and done, well, it would have been a football score.
As the month of August creeps to an end and with September right around the corner, the Sox are 7.5 back in the American League East and a game in front of the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card race.
Boston has to face New York five more times (including two more this series) and sadly, even though the Sox had an 8-0 advantage at one distant time ago, the Yankees could wind up winning the season series.
Winning the season series? That would have to be added as one of the most embarrassing and biggest chokes in Red Sox history, right up there with the 1978 season.
Stretch focus
The Red Sox need to solely focus on the AL Wild Card and nothing else. For this weekend only Red Sox fans have to be Tampa Bay fans, but also they have to hope and pray that their team will win at least one of these games. 
The only way the Sox will get into the playoffs is if they win the Wild Card because the Yankees are dying off anytime soon and they are too deep into a hole to climb their way out of it.
Now what?
Hope for a better tomorrow? Only the Baseball Gods have a say in that, but not jinx anything, it's A.J. Burnett vs. Junichi Tazawa...not exactly a match up that causes excitement. 
To be continued.
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