Is this a cause for concern?
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Up until the bottom of the eighth inning, the Red Sox offense looked dead. When it finally started to click, it proved to be too late as the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat Boston 8-7.
Kevin Youkilis struck out looking to end the threat with Jacoby Ellsbury on second and Joey Gathright (who pinch ran for Victor Martinez) on first.
Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz gave up a season high five home runs (two of them to Adam Lind who belted three) and seven runs in five innings pitched. Hopefully this is something Red Sox Nation will never see ever again this season.
Jon Lester was roughed up in his last start before taking a line drive off his leg. Now it's Buchholz, who's in line to be the third starter for post-season, who was hammered.
Should we be concerned at all? The Sox have now dropped five straight and have to deal with Roy Halladay Wednesday night to avoid the sweep.
Boston can still win the Wild Card if the Texas Rangers lose (ed. note—which they did), but it's definitely not the same. Since the Rangers have a West Coast game, we won't know until 1AM, which means no celebration with the fans and leaves reporters in a crunch for their deadline stories.
What would you choose?