Red Sox-Angles: Sox Lose in 12, Boston Fans Stayed Up for This?

Alex PotterCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2008

The picture is a little exaggerated, but you get the gist that the Angels won.

It was around 1:30 AM EDT this morning when the Boston Red Sox lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This game looked to be one for the ages, where the Red Sox looked to put away the Angels for a record 12th time in the postseason, but that look changed quickly when Mike Napoli scored in the 12th inning off of Javier Lopez (surprise surprise!).

Red Sox Nation should have known that this one was going to end badly for the Sox when Jed Lowrie, the rookie sensation, struck out with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, essentially giving the Angels hope and momentum that they would later use to win the game.

The only positive out of a game of negatives for the Red Sox was that Jacoby Ellsbury made postseason history by knocking a three-run single; he was the first Boston rookie to do so.

Let's break down the facts and separate the obviousness of last night. The Angels out-hit the Red Sox 16-7 in a game where, if it wasn't for a bloop flyball to center hit by Ellsbury, the game would have been over at a reasonable time in the ninth inning.

Another thing that is plaguing my mind as of late is the poor performance of one Dustin Pedroia, who has just plain sucked in this ALDS. This performance is nowhere near his 2008 regular season or his 2007 postseason.

I never thought I would say this, but the unsung hero of the playoffs thus far is the mildly-favored J.D. Drew (savior of Game Two in Anaheim) and Jacoby Ellsbury (batting .400 and batted in 5 RBI).

It is simple: The Red Sox have two shots at winning this clear, well, really one, because they do not—I repeat, DO NOT—want to go back to Anaheim with this series tied at two games a piece.

The Red Sox's Jon Lester heads to the mound tonight versus John Lackey, who pitched a no-hitter into the ninth inning at Fenway Park earlier this season. Red Sox fans need to hope for the one of the greatest game of their lives tonight, because momentum, which is riding high in the Angels' clubhouse today, is on their side.

Prediction: The Angels will score first but the Red Sox will score quickly and often to counter them. Jon Lester will throw six innings of  five-hit baseball, allowing one run, maybe two at the most.

John Lackey will remember his trip to Fenway just much as he remembers his no hitter into the ninth because tonight is the night that he blows the Angels out of the playoffs.