The Red Sox were held to just one run on four hits in Friday night’s loss to the Angels in Anaheim. SB Nation’s Sox blog, Over the Monster, laments Jered Weaver’s dominance of Boston’s lineup:
The Sox had four hits again for the second night in a row. The only run they scored was off a Jacoby Ellsbury triple. Victor Martinez knocked him in in the fourth inning to take the lead, but after that … nothing.
Jered Weaver looked like Tom Seaver. He really didn’t struggle at all with the Red Sox lineup. And why should he? The Sox are playing like a junior high squad at this point. It doesn’t matter who the Angels throw out there, because in two games so far, everyone has handled the Sox without a problem.
Hope, though, is not lost, as Over the Monster also points out that the Red Sox have a history, albeit relatively distant, of overcoming 2-0 series deficits.
I never called game two a must win. It would have been nice to win, but it’s not impossible to come back from a 0-2 hole. Actually, only four teams have ever come back down 0-2 to win a series. Two of those you might remember.
In 1999, the Red Sox did it. In 2003, the Red Sox did it. Can the Red Sox do it 2009, too?