Boston Red Sox Still Winless on the Road: Oakland A's Extend BoSox Misery
Is it possible the Boston Red Sox just aren't that good?
I'm still not ready to buy that unlikelihood, but the preseason favorites really looked bad on Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics.
Granted, a lot of that had to do with the guy on the bump for Oakland, lefty Brett Anderson. The 23-year-old southpaw was filthy through eight innings, making several Red Sox look downright foolish as he limited the damage to four hits and a walk with no runs allowed. For good measure, he whiffed eight on 109 economical pitches.
Nevertheless, Boston's struggles in the batter's box were only part of the story.
The pitching and defense unraveled in a crucial bottom of the eighth while trying to keep the score 1-0 with the ever-flammable Brian Fuentes warming up in the Oakland 'pen. Dan Wheeler surrendered a leadoff double to Cilff Pennington (.205), Hideki Okajima/Jarrod Saltalamacchia conspired to allow a steal of third and a single/walk/double/single combo blew the game wide open.
Then Kevin Youkilis polished off the inning with a mental and physical lapse that ultimately didn't hurt, but still added to the gore. Voila, 1-0 became 5-0 and the top of the ninth was a formality.
Luckily for the Sawks, they have a quick turnaround—their next chance at a road win comes in about an hour. But if they do get it, the W will be their first away from Fenway in eight tries.
And that's at least a little troubling.
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