*Picture from the Boston Globe*
How do you lose a game when you are winning 5-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning?
Daisuke went 7 innings, giving up one run, and in the top of the 8th, the Red Sox remember they have the best record in the game and score 5 runs. Game over and start the party, right?
Sadly, no. Eric Gagne and OKJ combine to gack up 4 runs and all of a sudden, it's the 9th inning and a tie game.
A Brian Roberts double, a Corey Patterson sacrifice bunt, and a Nick Markakis sac fly, and the O's have the win.
Gagne, OKJ, and JD Drew misplaying a single into a RBI all take equal responsibility for the loss. According to the Eck, it's only happened 4 other times this year, so I guess they were due.
However, that does not help my blood pressure or bleeding ulcer deal with the cold hard facts. I want wins when the lead is by 4 runs. I want Gagne and OKJ to give me a no-worries bridge to the Papelbot. And I want the Indians to remember they are an elite squad and crush the Yankees in their home park.
Sadly, you can't always get what you want. (That's for you, Carol. :) And as I head to bed, the Sox lead over the MFY's is now once again 5 games.
Here's to Beckett being the stopper tomorrow. Here's to the Yankees choking out quicker that one of Chuck Liddel's opponents.
Here's to a 6 game lead come tomorrow night.