When a team loses this badly, it’s almost tough to find anything to say to give proper perspective to a game. How about the fact that the Red Sox scored a single run in 2 innings while the As didn’t score a run in only 2 innings in tonight’s 20-2 loss to Oakland. Aaron Cook took to the mound with a new mohawk and pitched like someone else with most of the outs that he found coming via fly balls instead of his usual ground outs. After retiring the As in order in the 1st, the first 4 runners in the 2nd scored, and then the 3rd found Cook giving up 2 more runs before Bobby pulled the plug. Junichi Tazawa came in to get the Sox out of the 3rd inning, and then shut the As down in the 4th. The Red Sox went to Alfredo Aceves to start the 5th, and he alowed a 2-run homer to former Sox Brandon Moss. Daniel Bard got the call-up from the minors and was brought into the game in the 6th with an 8-1 deficit, and gave up just a solo homer to former Sox George Kottaras. For the 7th, Craig Breslow came in and promptly put on 5 runners after getting the first out of the inning and was then replaced by Mark Melancon. Melancon then reloaded the bases, watching all of Breslow’s runners score, and then gave up a grand slam to former Sox Josh Reddick as the As put a 9-spot on the scoreboard. Vincente Padilla came in to work the 8th and gave up a 2-run home run to Kottaras to cap the night’s scoring.
While the As were busy hitting and scoring up a storm, the Red Sox were able to put together 9 hits, with everyone but Jose Iglesias (who remains hitless for the season) getting at least one, and Dustin Pedroia picking up 2 hits. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox their first run of the night. In the 7th the Red Sox put their other run on the scoreboard as Pedro Ciriaco singled, advanced when Iglesias was hit by a pitch, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Mauro Gomez fielder’s choice. Losing this big is a very depleting event for the Sox, so the team needs to forget and move on since thankfully the As can’t take all of these extra runs and use them elsewhere.