Make it 14.
Yep, 14 losses in a row.
And this loss was like so many of them during this run and during this season. The Mariners play competitive baseball, get a good pitching effort and fail to score enough runs to win.
Want some numbers ... the Mariners had nine hits - seven off of starter - Josh Beckett. They scored one run. They stranded 11 runners and were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
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You don't win games in Fenway Park against a team like this scoring one run.The two worst instances of failure to hit with runners on came in the sixth.
Ichiro singled, Brendan Ryan singled bringing up the No. 3-4-5 hitters.
Beckett got Dustin Ackley, who did have three hits on the night, to roll over on a ground ball to second. The ball was hit well enough that the Red Sox couldn't turn a double play, leaving runners on second and third with two outs. It was an out but a productive one. But Justin Smoak struck out and Adam Kennedy popped out to end the inning.
I'm leaving out the play in the third when Youkilis made the ridiculous stop on Brendan Ryan's hard ground ball to the left side.
But in the eighth, when things imploded and they are down 3-1, the Mariners showed some resilience by loading the bases with no outs. Mike Carp, who provided the only run with a solo homer in the seventh, popped out to shallow left, Jack Cust struck out looking and Franklin Gutierrez bounced out to end the inning.
“We just left too many runners in scoring position,” Wedge said. “That’s the ball game right there. You’ve got to get something out of it. You have GOT to get something out of it. Ultimately we are just not getting it done.”
As for the seventh when things imploded for Blake Beavan, I still have my second guesses.
He got two quick outs, striking out Carl Crawford and then getting Josh Reddick to pop out. But Jason Varitek singled to left and Marco Scutaro hit a ground rule double to right to put runners on second and third with the scorching hot Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate.
Pitching coach Carl Willis went to the mound to talk to Beavan about the situation, while Wedge had left-hander Aaron Laffey up and warming in the bullpen. But he chose to stay with Beavan, despite the fact that the lefty-swinging Ellsbury came in hitting just .257 against lefties and .342 against right-handers this season.
“We knew we had those three lefties coming down the line that we wanted to have Laffey for,” Wedge said of the Red Sox batting order. “We felt like Beavan was the guy there, because of the way he’d handled them. And Laffey is not a left-on-left guy anyway, he’s a lefty that’s down in the bullpen.”
Beavan got ahead of Ellsbury 1-2, but left a fastball out over the plate. Ellsbury jumped all over it, lashing a ball to center than scored both runners for a 2-1 lead.
“I tried to throw a four-seamer away but it caught a little bit more of the plate than I wanted to,” Beavan said. “He made a good swing on it.”
I don't know if I completely agree with Wedge there in that situation. But I need some more time to think about it.
Hopefully Michael Pineda can find a way to end the bleeding tomorrow.