Now that was a tough one to lose. Rasner pitched well which probably means Ponson will lose his spot in the rotation if they get another pitcher or decide to call up Kennedy. Other than that this was a rough game to watch.
Early on they repeatedly failed to hit with runners on and ultimately it ended up costing them. Then Girardi left Rasner in one inning to long. I think that when you`re 4th starter gives you 6 innings of 2 run ball and is nearing 100 pitches you should just hand the game over to your very good bullpen. Instead Marte came into a jam and struggled. Although, it sent me memories of Eric Gagne and the Red Sox last year I`m hoping this won't be a problem. The offense stayed asleep until the 8th and 9th. Nady also struck out in a big spot. Surprisingly, Rivera ended up making the difference. In a game where he was expected to just be getting work in he ended up giving up the run that made the difference in the game.
Thankfully, Boston lost to to a dominating John Lackey. Still, this was an excellent opportunity to move up in the standings.