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Found Lacking

It was a rough afternoon for the Red Sox on America’s birthday. Left in a deep hole by starting pitcher John Lackey — down 7 runs after 2 1/3 — the Sox just couldn’t dig themselves out, falling 2 runs shy in a 9-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. From a photo standpoint, it wasn’t a bad game to shoot. Unlike the Brewers game I shot the week before, the Red Sox continued to fight it out and keep the action going throughout the game. Sure, it stretched the game out that much longer — not something my body appreciated while baking in a shadeless 90+ degree photo pit for 3+ hours — but at least I think got some pictures that accurately captured the mood and frustration of the home town team. Bonus!

Here are some of my selects:

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

But, the afternoon wasn’t a total drag. The family of U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon was treated to a surprise visit from their sailor, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan — that’s the boat that handled Osama Bin Laden’s burial at sea, by the way. In Fenway fashion, Lydon threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and guessing from her reaction, loved every minute of it!

Boston, Mass. -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Pity The Brew

The Red Sox kicked off the second round of interleague play last weekend, hosting the Brewers for a three-game set. Working my usual Sunday shift for the Herald, I picked up a day game to round out the series. It was a pretty basic game, not a whole lot of drama, especially after the Sox went up big in the first inning with some long balls and wall balls off the Green Monster. Everyone tends to go into cruise control when the lead approaches double digits… The Sox went on to win, 12-3, with the infield looking a lot like a track meet with all the white jerseys rounding the bases.

Here’s a few from the game:

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield pitches to Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks in the first inning at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield pitches to Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks in the first inning at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hits a chopper down the line, reaching on an error in the first inning, against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hits a chopper down the line, reaching on an error in the first inning, against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is greeted at home by designated hitter David Ortiz after scoring against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is greeted at home by designated hitter David Ortiz after scoring against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis tracks the path of this 3-run home run in the first inning against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis tracks the path of this 3-run home run in the first inning against the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, right, in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez slides into third on a triple — his 1000th career hit — ahead of the play to Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee against the Brewers in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox left field Josh Reddick reacts after striking out against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox left field Josh Reddick reacts after striking out against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks around after sliding into second after reaching an error in right field against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks around after sliding into second after reaching an error in right field against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Brewers reliever Mark DeFelice fields a dribbler against Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Brewers reliever Mark DeFelice fields a dribbler against Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox left fielder dodges shortstop Marco Scutaro while fielding a fly ball against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Josh Reddick dodges shortstop Marco Scutaro while fielding a fly ball against the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Lord Stanley Visits Fenway

As many people were chanting a few weeks ago in Boston, “We got the Cup!” So as part of the 100-day celebration with the Stanley Cup, the Bruins made a quick stop at Fenway Park to show off their new hardware with the Red Sox and their fans.

Here are a few photos from the pregame festivities:

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- The Bruins throw out the ceremonial first pitches before the Red Sox faced the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- The Bruins throw out the ceremonial first pitches before the Red Sox faced the Brewers at Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/19/2011 -- BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Brewers Fenway Park on June 19, 2011.

And here’s how the Herald ran that last photo on their Sports cover:

Boston Herald Sports Cover - 6/20/2011

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