They didn't lose last night, but they certainly didn't make me feel a lot better either. The Red Sox won, and it was Bard getting 2 clutch outs in the 8th inning. It worked beautifully, but there were certainly some problems surrounding it.
Once again, the Red Sox starter was average at best, and Aceves was able to get the save, but it was a very shaky save. On top of that, it is rumored Bard will no longer be pitching till his start on Friday. So we are back to that bullpen that currently has an 8.06 ERA (worst in the MLB).
Lets try to stay positive though. Cody Ross has been a very nice pickup and already has 5 HRs on the year. Ortiz is hitting the cover off the ball, and looks like he is in the best shape of his career. The Red Sox pitcher tonight is Beckett and he has looked very good in his last start going a total of 15 innings allowing only 4 ERs with 8 Ks, and that was against two good lineups in Texas and Tampa Bay. Also, Beckett is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the Twins in his career.
The Red Sox get to face another righty today, which they always seem to do better against. Nick Blackburn is 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA so far this year, but is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA against the Red Sox in his career (1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last four starts versus Boston). Blackburn isn't a great pitcher, this is the kind of guy the Red Sox should light up.
I know it was a stupid moment of the game, but I liked when Bobby V came out to the mound when Aceves let up what everyone thought was going to be a HR in the 9th. He got everyone to just laugh for a second, and I know it probably pissed off some fans, but this team needed to relax a bit. It's been a terrible start to the season, made worse by the way last season ended. Hopefully they can relax and play to their abilities. I think they do tonight, and beat the Twins.
I don't care that Blackburn has owned the Red Sox over his last 4 starts, no reason not to crush this guy tonight.
Red Sox win 8-3
Player of the Game: Ortiz
Game starts at 8:10pm