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Game 157: September 29, 2009
WinBlue Jays
W: Ricky Romero (13-9)
S: Jason Frasor (11)
74-84, 5 game winning streak
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L: Clay Buchholz (7-4)
91-66, 5 game losing streak
Highlights: For the second game in a row a Red Sox starter allowed four runs in the first. Buchholz lasted 5 innings, which was as long as Romero did but the former allowed 7 earned runs, including 5 home runs. While J.D. Drew had a timely homer in the eighth with two men on, most of the Red Sox bats were grounding into double plays. David Ortiz slapped the ball into the shift in the sixth for a 6-5-1 twin killing that featured Kevin Millar as the pivot man. He elevated about as high as Dustin Hoffman’s lifts make him tall.

If there be nothing new, but that which is
Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,
Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
The second burden of a former child!

O, that record could be better had the Red Sox played innings three through seven as they did the eighth. The new thing under the sun would be a Boston victory, not seen since September 24.

Show me their image in some antique book from those triumphant days of 2004 or 2007 that we might see what those former teams would say to this decomposed blunder of a game. The 2004 Red Sox clinched the Wild Card on September 27 in St. Petersburg with a 7-3 victory. In 2007 the champions-to-be memorably won the American League East title on September 28 by beating the Twins 5-2 and benefiting from the Orioles’ extra-innings defeat of the Yankees.

Whether we were defeated or whether our better angels led our way, the resolution be the same.

O, sure I am, the wits of former days
To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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