The Red Sox coughed-up a four-run lead in the 9th inning today and lost to the Blue Jays.
Another Jonathan Papelbon meltdown in the bottom of the 9th and another reason to question why on Earth was John Lackey taken out of the game? In the end, Fred Lewis’ bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Daniel Bard won it for the Jays. Tough, tough loss for the Red Sox. To backtrack: Lackey had thrown only 98 pitches and was on his way to a complete game after two subpar performances in a row, but after allowing a solo homer to Jose Bautista to open the 9th, Terry Francona brought in closer Jonathan Papelbon. Lackey didn’t seem fatigued, but on came Papelbon and on came near misery with it. Vernon Wells doubled and scored on Adam Lind’s RBI since to center. After a stolen base, Aaron Hill reached on a linedrive hit off Papelbon putting runners at first and third. He struck out Travis Snider. But Edwin Encarnacion doubled down the third base line. Tie game. Runners at second and third, pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay was walked intentionally to load the bases. Interesting move here, Papelbon yanked for Daniel Bard. Infield in with one out and the bases loaded. Lewis strikes with a sac fly to medium center and with Ellsbury’s below average throwing arm no chance to make a legitimate throw to the plate.