After battling back from a 4-2 disadvantage, scoring 1 run on a steal and error by catcher Mike Napoli, the Red Sox gave up chance after chance after CHANCE in the late innings. Then Bad Vlad extended the lead to 5-3 with a majestic 8th inning clout off of the Okey Doke. Boston got one run back in the ninth, but Brian Fuentes locked up JD Drew for a called third strike to end the game a 5-4 loss. The first real gnaw your fingers down to nubs game of the year.
Hostilities broke out early when time was called at the plate and Josh Beckett, who was already delivering the ball, whipped the ball near Angel Bobby Abreu's head. (A Clemensian act if there ever was one.) Words, then blows, were exchanged, and several Angels were ejected.
This puts Boston at 2 and 4, with back to back series losses to open the year and LAST place in the American League East. We move on to Oaktown to face those swingin' A's next.