May 5, 2011: Angels 11, Red Sox 0

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May 5, 2011: Angels 11, Red Sox 0

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- On a day in which the Red Sox needed John Lackey to provide both quality and quantity, the Red Sox right-hander could offer neither.

Short on pitching after Wednesday's marathon loss, during which they used eight hurlders, the Sox got just four-plus innings from Lackey, who gave up eight runs in a one-sided beating by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 11-0.

Lackey had beaten his former team in each of the previous four times he had faced them before Thursday, but was overmatched on this occasion, allowing 10 hits, including five straight in the fourth inning. When he gave up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo before getting a single hitter out in the fifth, he was done for the day, with his ERA soaring to 7.16.

After losing the first six head-to-head meetings with the Red Sox this season, the Angels won the final two in a row.

Meanwhile, Red Sox had just seven hits and suffered their fourth shutout in 31 games. The 11-run deficit matches the worst for the Sox this season, who also lost 16-5 to Tampa Bay on April 11.

Scott Atchison and Rich Hill, brought up for Pawtucket before the game to replace the injured Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, took care of the final five innings.

Player of the Game: Joel Pineiro

Like the Red Sox, the Angels were hurting for pitching manpower after the 13-inning marathon Wednesday nightThursday morning. Unlike the Red Sox, the Angels had a starter do something about it.

Joel Pineiro offered 5 23 innings of shutout baseball, allowing the Red Sox just three hits, two of them singles.

Pineiro struggled with his command at times, walking four and was hardly overpowering with just two strikeouts. But he got the Angels into the sixth with a healthy lead.

Honorable Mention: Erik Aybar

Aybar was a pain in the Red Sox' side all series and Thursday was no different as he had a four-hit afternoon, scored twice and knocked in a run while stealing two bases and setting the tone from the top of the Los Angeles lineup.

The Goat: John Lackey

Lackey took a 4-0 career record into his start against his former teammates but they teed off on him almost from the start, knocking him around for 10 hits and eight runs over four-plusinnings.

Turning Point: Bourjos sparks rally

The Angels were leading 3-0 in the fourth when Lackey got two outs. But Peter Bourjos, the No. 9 hitter, singled to keep the inning going and four more Angels followed with base hits of their own. The rout was on, with the Angels leading 6-0 before Lackey could get the elusive third out.

By the Numbers: 6

In six starts this season, Lackey has given up six or more earned runs in three -- or half -- of his starts.

Quote of Note:

"I definitely sensed that there was a need for me to pitch well to get some momentum going. If I had pitched better early on, I think the guys would have found a little more energy. My (inability) to pitch well definitely hurt that morale.'' -- John Lackey

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?