September 22, 2011- The month of September has been a horrendous one for the Boston Red Sox as their record dropped to 5-16 after losing to the Baltimore Orioles last night 6-4 in Boston. The team’s lead over the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays for the American League wildcard playoff spot remained at two and a half games with just seven regular season games left on the schedule.
The Boston pitching staff is in complete turmoil as the starting rotation has only produced three starts that can be considered “quality” in the entire month. Last night they thought Josh Beckett, their ace, would help stop the bleeding, however, that was not the case. He threw seven and a third innings but gave up six runs. In the process, he gave up two home runs to Mark Reynolds.
The Sox led 4-1 in the sixth but could not hold onto the lead as the Orioles, behind Reynolds’ home runs, came back to tie it 4-4 in the seventh. The loss was the third in the four game series to the last place Orioles.
The Red Sox have a rest day on Thursday before starting a three-game series with the New York Yankees on Friday in the Bronx. The Sox have only seven games left to right the ship otherwise their season will end and they will have a long winter wondering what happened to their pitching.