Aceves, Melancon Fail First Test In Back End Of Red Sox Bullpen

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM
Aceves, Melancon Fail First Test In Back End Of Red Sox Bullpen
" BOSTON (CBS) — Jonathan Papelbon is in Philadelphia. Daniel Bard is in the starting rotation. Andrew Bailey is on the disabled list.

This was known to be the situation when the season began for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t known how soon, exactly, the potential problem at the back end of the bullpen could rear its ugly head.

It took about three hours.

The Red Sox debuts of Vicente Padilla and Mark Melancon, and the debut as the official closer for Alfredo Aceves were all less than stellar, and they were the biggest culprits for Thursday’s 3-2 opening day loss to the Tigers.

It began in the bottom of the eighth, after Jon Lester had allowed just one run over his seven innings of work. Padilla’s first batter faced as a member of the Red Sox was Austin Jackson, who promptly launched a triple to deep right field. Padilla induced a groundout before intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera.

Franklin Morales then entered, getting Prince Fielder to fly out to shallow center, but Jackson was able to score on the sacrifice fly to double Detroit’s lead.

The real problems, though, came in the ninth "

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