Game 87 - Red Sox
A's 5, Red Sox 4 (11)
Not much to say after the Sox' 2nd consecutive nutpunch of a loss. No reason to lose this game. Mark Loretta's error in the 7th will be singled out by the Nation, but although it was a big gaffe and it allowed the A's to score 2 runs to tie the game at 3, bigger goats abide.
The offense managed to draw 11 walks from A's pitchers - and none of them turned into runs. Willie Harris sealed his DFA papers by getting picked off first with nobody out in the bottom of the 9th. Terry Francona chose to pitch to Frank Thomas with a base open and 2 out in the top of the 11th, and the Big Hurt's single gave the A's a crucial insurance run. Jon Lester only gave the Sox 5 innings, which in turn meant that Julian Tavarez was on the hill in the 11th. As the Smiths sang, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Shitty loss, probably the worst of the season. At least there's another game today.