BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox were strolling along with Aaron Cook on the mound Wednesday night, until the sinkerballer got to the sixth inning.
Cook needed just 54 pitches through the first five innings, holding the Baltimore Orioles hitless to that point. With a 2-0 lead, he retired the first batter of the inning before issuing a walk to Nick Markakis. JJ Hardy broke up the no-hitter with a single to left, which was followed by an RBI single by Nate McClouth to make it 2-1 Boston.
What followed sums up the Red Sox season thus far.
Cook got Adam Jones to hit a sharp grounder back to him, and made a good play to snag the ball. But when he quickly turned and fired to second, the throw was wild and found itself heading to left-center. Instead of at least getting one out — and likely an inning ending double play — Hardy came around to tie it 2-2 and the Orioles had runners on first and third, still with one out.
“It’s a play I’ve made 100 times,” Cook told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jonny Miller following the game. “I just didn’t get my feet set and tried to make a quick throw and just yanked it. It’s just a bad throw and it ended up costing us the game.”
Cook On His Error:
Cook surrendered a ground-rule double to Matt Wieters before getting the hook. The Red Sox used three more pitchers to get out of the inning, and when it was all said and done their 2-0 lead was now a 5-2 deficit.
Cook was charged with the five runs on three hits over 5 .1 innings. After the game he said he felt awful that he cost his team a game they should have won on what should have been a simple play.
“Stuff like that I can’t let happen. I set my feet take my time and make a good throw, we’re out of that inning with one run and in here high-fiving right now,” he said. “I feel awful; I let the team down. We’re trying to win games and that was a game we should have won. We lost it because I made an error.”