Lester pitched great (and got a few calls against him.)
He matched Verlander almost every inning and the Sox showed a lot of guts and heart by rallying to tie the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
OF COURSE THEY LOST!!!
Terry Francona was in the booth for ESPN watching the game, seeing that the last two regular season Red Sox games have been walk off losses.
I know it is only one game in, but the Red Sox can't afford to lose many games where Lester is kicking butt. ESPECIALLY games against elite teams.
So yeah, I am keeping the Dodged Bullet/ Teeth Grinder tally.
This game counts as much in the 2012 standings as the finale in Baltimore counted in the 2011 standings.
Remember how the Sox lost their first 6 games last year? If they went 2-4 in those 6 games, they would have made the playoffs.
Let's update the tally.
DODGED BULLET GAMES -0
TEETH GRINDER GAMES -1April 5 - 3-2 loss in Detroit. (The Red Sox rally to tie the season opener with 2 outs in the 9th only to lose on a bases loaded walk off single by Austin Jackson.)
I don't have a lot of hope for this season.
This is no way to start it.
Tomorrow is an off day (who wants to see a ball game on a Friday?)
Let's hope the bats show up for more than an inning on Saturday.