Goal is to head home with a split

Goal is to head home with a split

For the third consecutive season, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar is providing daily commentary to MLB.com throughout his team's postseason run. Millar breaks down his team's lackluster performance in Game 1, a 13-2 loss to the White Sox.

It's not the result we wanted, obviously. Going down, 5-0, early was tough to overcome. Jose Contreras threw a great game. You tip your hat to him. He threw a lot more strikes than he has in the past. We couldn't get his pitch count up. But the one thing about our club, we'll shower this off. Within 24 hours, we'll be back out here and trying to even this thing up and get it back to Sox Nation.

The results weren't there for Matt Clement today. He missed some location spots and they made him pay for it. They hit the ball well today and you give credit to that offense. They worked him and hit his mistakes and scored early. I think scoring early had a lot to do with everything. It settled down Contreras and he was able to get in a zone. But Matt Clement will be OK.

We had our crack at it in the fourth, getting three straight hits and getting two runs. Then I'm on second base after a double with no outs and Tadahito Iguchi makes a very aggressive play by going to third base there on Billy Mueller's grounder to second.

It was a play you don't see very often. It's a play that, probably, if he had to do it over again, he would have taken the out at first. But he went to third, threw the ball in the dirt that Joe Crede made a good play on. It could have been a costly mistake if Crede doesn't make that play -- we would have had first and third with nobody out and been champing at the bit.

I had no clue he would go to third, but when I got there, I could see third base coach Dale Sveum yelling, 'Down, down, down.' As a baserunner, you think on a ball to the right side, you're advancing to third base. Billy Mueller did a good job getting me over, but the big thing was he hit that ball hard. It gave Taguchi a good shot to make that aggressive play. We had an out there, and just couldn't get anything going after that.

When you get in a game like that, you just hope they get it out of their system. You hope they get blisters on their hands from swinging the bat the way they did today and tomorrow they'll come out a little sore. Let them get it out of their system and hopefully tomorrow we can have Wells step up, and we'll get a W.

When you have David Wells going and you're in a "must-win," basically, it's a nice thing. David Wells has stepped up his whole career. We're excited to have him on the mound tomorrow and we'll find a way to score off Buehrle.

Kevin Millar's diary appears as told to Ian Browne, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.