Missed Opportunities And A Case Of The Yips, Yield A Rare Loss For Hometown Heroes
It was a rare night at Fenway last night. The Red Sox offense pounded out 13 hits, but they only managed four runs and left a total of 11 runners on base. It was a night where they need the pitching to pick it up, for once. Unfortunately, with Josh Beckett scratched due to “intestinal turmoil”, Alfredo Aceves was forced to take the mound, and he simply didn’t have what it took to get the job done.
From the few times that I have seen him pitch, Aceves seems like a really strange individual. When he is on the mound you can always count on at least one meeting between him and the catcher per inning, about two shake offs before the catcher puts down the right sign, and at least one point in the game where you have yourself thinking, “what the hell did I just watch?” I don’t want to make it seem like I am hating on Aceves, because he has been a pretty valuable part of this team thus far, I’m just saying the guy is a little off kilt.
Aceves only allowed four hits through five innings of work, however, he walked six batters as well. In the second inning he actually walked five batters in a row, with two outs none the less, before getting Ryan Ludwick to fly out to end the inning. This was the “what the hell did I just watch” moment of the game. The Padres scored two runs, on zero hits. I could understand it a little more if this was the New York Yankees or some other talented offense, but it’s the freaking San Diego Padres, one of the worst lineups in the league. At some point you need to just groove it down the middle and have them show you that they can beat you. If it wasn’t for Ryan “I don’t know how to take a pitch” Ludwick, we may still be in that inning.
The real story of the night though shouldn’t be about Aceves’ struggles as much as it is the offense not coming through when it needed to. It’s hard to win when you leave 11 guys on base, especially when you have someone like Matt Latos on the bump. One clutch hit and we are going home happy. It’s as simple as that.
At least my new home boy Josh Reddick continued to light the world on fire. My man went 2-4 with a triple in the right field corner and a double off the center field wall. Showed off the wheels and the power stroke in the same night. What’s more is that the double came on a breaking ball that he stayed back on and I didn’t see him swing at one bad pitch all night. The kid is now batting .429/.480/.667 and Ryan Kalish might actually have a little competition to see who takes over for JD Drew when he retires next season.