The nine-game road trip is now complete for the Red Sox, but not before enduring yet another defeat while on the west coast. The latest loss came Wednesday night in Seattle in what turned out to be a 2-1 decision that went in favor of the Seattle Mariners.
If you decided to hit the sack a little early and not fight the urge to stay up and watch this game, you made the right decision. The Sox had just five hits against former Red Sox pitcher, Kevin Millwood with Cody Ross getting three of them. Ross was also responsible for the only RBI the Sox would get. Dustin Pedroia saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end while Aaron Cook was pretty good on this night, going 6.0 innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while walking three and fanning five. Andrew Miller and Alfredo Aceves worked the final two innings and aside from one walk given up by Miller it was a clean seventh and eighth.
The loss concludes the road trip for the Sox who finished with a dismal 1-8 record, one of the worst in franchise history. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe did an excellent job finalizing some statistics for us:
• The Sox were 67 of 300 (.223) with 21 runs. They managed only 12 extra-base hits and walked only 17 times.
• The Sox were 9 of 60 (.150) with runners in scoring position.
• The pitchers had a 7.45 earned run average and allowed 15 home runs.
No team will win many games with numbers like those. ”It’s time to go home” said Aaron Cook and he couldn’t be more right. Although Fenway hasn’t exactly been a place of saving grace for the Sox this year considering their sub .500 home record. But getting kicked around on the opposite coast to where your home is, is no fun either, making the friendly confines of Fenway Park a site for sore eyes.
The Blue Jays will occupy the visiting clubhouse over the upcoming weekend in what will be a battle of AL East basement dwellers.