With a 4-0 lead heading into the 8th inning and a reasonable pitch count for the Red Sox “ace” David Price, things were looking good, but you know when the story starts like that, the ending isn’t pretty. In the 8th the game changed on a dime as Seattle scored 5 runs on 5 hits, including 2 HRs, against Price, Matt Barnes, and newly acquired lefty Fernando Abad. The Red Sox went on to lose 5-4 and the most appropriate description of the game came after the L was registered when Hanley Ramirez jammed his wrist by falling down the dugout steps. Could there be a more perfect image to describe what happened to the Red Sox last night in Seattle than that? Hanley, and the Red Sox, fell down the stairs.
The Red Sox are now an abysmal 9-34 when scoring 4 or fewer runs in a game this season and now may have to deal with the loss of a strong offensive presence in Hanley Ramirez. They have fallen a game further back into 3rd place in the AL East and aren’t instilling confidence in fans as they roller-coaster their way through this west-coast swing. Each time the team is re-invigorated with some life, they find a way to go in the exact opposite direction.
I’m invested in this team and have believed from day 1 that they have the talent to be a real contender, but am starting to wonder if they are just playing with my emotions. I’m starting to think they will just stay close to a postseason spot into September with a few nice wins here and there, but ultimately will be playing golf when October rolls around. That seems like a waste for the best offense in baseball. Let’s hope this feeling in my gut is wrong, but it certainly feels like the Red Sox season is falling down the stairs into the darkness.