Strangely quiet Red Sox clubhouse after a 2-1 loss to the Rockies here. Didn’t quite befit a team which had won six straight games and lost its first game since June 15th.
Mike Lowell seemed very down and beaten after the game. His pinch-hit ground ball in the shortstop hole was stopped on a terrific play by Clint Barmes, who dove, rolled over, got up and still threw Lowell out to end the game after the Sox scored a run in the ninth.
Asked if it were a tough way to lose, Lowell said, “Not tough at all. Par for the course.” Lowell said he wasn’t surprised the play was made because the shortstop was shifted over to the hole. “Not at all, I’m slow, If he can get up he has all the time in the world.”
Lowell emphasized there’s nothing wrong with his hip and said “I feel great.”
Terry Francona said of Lowell’s at-bats, “It was a good swing” and said there was only so much you can do coming off the bench.
Marco Scutaro also had some bad luck when a bad hop on what would have been a double-play grounder in the 8th inning bounded over his head scoring the second and decisive Rockies’ run. “It was a double-play ball,” acknowledged Scutaro. “I don’t have an answer. Never expected that. What can you do?”
Jon Lester was the tough-luck loser. He went six innings, but was pinch-hit for with the bases loaded in the seventh with two outs in a 1-0 game. David Ortiz got up and grounded out to second base.
The Sox got a scare when Lester was hit on the backside by a Jonathan Herrara liner. Turned out to be his right hand. “I’ll live,” said Lester. “It was my right hand. It’s not like I need it.”
Ubaldo Jimenez was still scheduled to pitch on Wednesday despite going home sick.
The Red Sox will hold a conference call with minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland, his father, Ron Westmoreland, and Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein at noon on Wednesday.
Westmoreland, 20, underwent surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain in March. Since this procedure, he has continued with physical and occupational therapy and improves each day.