So, if you're like me, you were pretty effing frustrated with last night's performance. And I got to witness the whole thing live. It was probably one of the most frustrating games I've been to in a long time. They had 3 runs on 15 hits. 15 hits! The moment I knew there was trouble is when they managed to come up empty with the bases loaded in the 3rd inning and no one out. Of course, I hoped I was wrong, but when a team blows a base loaded-no one out chance, there's every chance the opposing team will take advantage, and take advantage the Orioles did through AL MVP candidate Chris Davis in the 12th inning. That part was especially painful because I thought Farrell left Franklin Morales in too long, and it cost him. Maybe he was trying to minimize the impact of the extra baseball on the bullpen, but still, that cost them a chance to punch their playoff ticket last night. Just to reiterate: that game was really frustrating and it showed on my Twitter feed after the game, as Red Sox Nation took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Now for the silver lining - it's not October yet, and they still have plenty of time to punch their tickets to the playoffs and clinch the AL East. So, it's better that they get this stuff out now, so they don't do it in October, when it really matters. Also, Jake Peavy pitched a pretty solid game, striking out 8 in 7 innings of work. And the bullpen was pretty good as well, at least until Morales blew the game in the 12th. As long as they don't make a habit of this and finish the season strong, they'll be fine. The Sox need to start building momentum and confidence going into the playoffs, because momentum will in part determine how far they can go in the playoffs.