For the second straight day, the Red Sox blew a comfortable lead and suffered a brutal, walk-off loss. While Thursday's blame clearly fell on Jonathan Papelbon's shoulders, Friday's loss was the fault of many players, says Over The Monster.
Beckett was awful, awful, awful, giving up six earned on ten hits and three homers in five innings.
Francona let him stay out there that long.
There's J.D. Drew who hit two homers, but also blew a pair of plays in the outfield, letting runs score.
There's Victor Martinez (or Ryan Kalish, depending on your view of the play), who let a ball get away at home and a run score.
There's Felix Doubront, who allowed a pair of hits and runs without closing an inning (though both of those were arguably the result of Drew's bad play).
There's Daniel Bard who allowed the game-tying run in the eighth (though, again, the defense...)
After the game, Beckett was quick to take all the blame himself, though, saying, "Wakefield should have never been in that situation at all if I handled my job."
In a season of dramatic disappointments, this is perhaps the worst. Leaving the bases loaded with zero outs against the Rays in extras is one thing. But with the playoff race staring the Red Sox in the face, with the Rays having already lost and the Yankees down in Kansas City, and asking the team to just grab ahold, they turned their backs. This is a collapse of monumental proportions and, depending on who comes away injured, importance.
This is the one you want to forget, but can't.