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Even being the eternal optimist, I'm having a tough time trying to find a silver lining in last night's 18-6 loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.
Pitching was not the specialty of the evening, as nearly everyone on the Blue Jays pitching staff (save for Chad Beck, who only threw one pitch) had trouble shutting down the Red Sox. Those three outs in the bottom of the eighth were especially difficult to watch as five runs were scored with two out.
Ordinarily, six runs would probably be enough to outscore the competition. However, this is a team with the Rays nipping at their heels. Kevin Youkilis is playing through bursitis and a hernia, which means the Red Sox aren't screwing around.
Although, I do recall Jose Bautista played with a hernia from May to September last season and still managed to hit 54 home runs. Kevin Youkilis doesn't disguise his feelings on borderline pitches, so I can image the same applies for injuries.
Aside from Jose Bautista's 42nd home run, J.P. Arencibia's 23rd home run, David Cooper's 3 for 5 night and Adam Loewen's great catch in centre field, there really wasn't all that much to look back on with fond memories.
Wait ... there actually is a silver lining! After much debate, Brandon Morrow stayed firmly planted on the bench on my fantasy baseball team. The temptations of high strikeouts was tempting, but ultimately I couldn't do it.
Though it didn't really help much as Cole Hamels and Justin Masterson gave up a combined 10 earned runs anyway. And the Fantasy Baseball Gods had their way once again.