Sox left waiting for key hit in Toronto

Sox left waiting for key hit in Toronto
August 15, 2013, 11:30 pm
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TORONTO -- It had been a theme for the first two games of the series, but on Thursday night, it became the dominant storyline: the Red Sox were leaving too many men on base, unable to come up with the key hit.

Inning after inning, scoring chances were squandered, and as the opportunities to do more damage were squandered, the Sox had to sense they were in trouble.
     
They were.
     
"Seemingly right from the first inning on,'' lamented John Farrell after the Sox stranded a dozen runners and were edged by Toronto, 2-1.

"Tonight, the story is left on base. We created a number of opportunities. I thought we had a very good approach against [Mark] Buehrle to build those opportunities and then he made a number of quality pitches with men in  scoring position.
     
"That two-out hit or base hit with men on base was elusive again tonight. Like I said, [men] left on base was the story of this one. This is a frustrating one here tonight.''
     
The Red Sox had Dustin Pedroia thrown out at the plate for the third out in the first inning and left two runners on. In the second, they left them loaded. In the third, they got a leadoff man on and moved him to third one out later, but couldn't produce a run.
     
In the fourth, they had runners at the corners and one out and were held scoreless. And in the sixth, they had runners at the corners with no
out and couldn't get a run home.
     
"We had a ton of opportunities to score,'' Pedroia said. "We just couldn't get that one big hit. That's basically it. Our pitching staff did a good job, but we've got to swing the bats better with guys on.''
     
"Buehrle mixed it up well, hit his spots and kept us off balance,'' said Will Middlebrooks. "Given how he was throwing, when you get that opportunity, you need to take advantage of it. It's always tough to leave those guys out there, especially more than once.''

"We feel good about ourselves,'' insisted Pedroia. "We're in first place. This is a confident team. We've got to forget about this one and get ready for tomorrow.''