Tough luck: James Shields takes a complete game loss

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James Shields has thrown a lot of complete games this year and today he tossed his ninth.  A three-hitter too!  Except he lost. The Sox beat the Rays 3-1.

That’s what happens when (a) the other team’s pitchers only give up three hits as well; and (b) unlike you, they don’t bunch them altogether at once.  Two singles and a homer allowed in the third inning aren’t a lot on the grand scheme of things, but it’s everything when your offense can only scratch across one run on a first inning groundout. Jon Lester allowed only one hit in his seven innings.  Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon closed it out.

This game, the first of  a twin bill, flew by pretty quickly for AL East standards, at two hours twenty-four minutes.  I always wonder if guys consciously buzz through games in a double header in order to get more chill time.