Thornton's struggles continue in loss

Thornton's struggles continue in loss
July 20, 2013, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Matt Thornton hasn't made the first impression he had hoped for.

In the lefty's first appearance as a member of the Red Sox last weekend, he walked two and was responsible for the game-winning run in a 3-2 loss to the A's.

On Saturday, he entered the game with one out in the sixth inning in a situation that seemed tailor-made for him. He was due to face lefties Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay with runners on first and second.

After getting Suzuki to ground into a fielder's choice, he allowed an RBI single to Cano on a 95 mile-per-hour fastball.

"It wasn't in enough. It wasn't up enough," said Thornton, who was trying to tie up Cano inside. "It wasn't a terrible pitch, but it wasn't enough against a great hitter."

Overbay followed up with another two-out RBI single to the wall in left field.

Those two runs were charged to Sox starter John Lackey, but Thornton -- who had held lefty hitters to a .173 batting average this season going into Saturday -- had been acquired in part to hold down opposing lineups in those situations. By the time he got out of the inning, the Yankees were up, 4-2, and would go on to win, 5-2.

Thornton, in his first homestand as a member of the Red Sox, said he hasn't been affected by his new surroundings. He's simply missing his spots.

"Obviously [the Red Sox] have done an unbelievable job of getting in the position they're in right now, and I want to be able to help out in that aspect," he said. "I'm settling in. I feel comfortable here. That has nothing to do with it. I'm not trying to do anymore than what I am. I'm just being myself. When you don't make pitches, you get beat. It doesn't matter where you're pitching."