Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Red Sox "Improve" Season Record On Rangers (77-50)

Last night was a very tough loss for the Red Sox, as they went down 4-0 to the Rangers. In the 3rd inning, the umpires made a terrible call on a potential double play that would have gotten the Sox out of the inning. Instead, however, they called a ball that landed in Josh Reddick's glove a single. That put Craig Gentry at 2nd and Ian Kinsler at 1st when Elvis Andrus singled through the right side to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. In the 6th, Josh Hamilton led off another big inning with a potential great play by a Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia dove and snatched a ball up the middle, however, his throw to first was late. After a Michael Young single put runners at 1st and 2nd with just 1 out, the damage came. Mike Napoli turned a high fastball around for a 3-run homer to left center to make it 4-0.
Erik Bedard actually pitched very well other than the 3-run homer, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings. Matt Albers then allowed a hit in a scoreless inning and Franklin Morales went 3 up- 3 down. Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia each had decent days, both of them going 1-3 with a walk. Other than that, the other two hits in the ballgame belonged to Jed Lowrie and Carl Crawford, each of whom went 1-4. Tonight's game will be a matchup of the 2nd game of the 2011 season as John Lackey (11-9/6.02/86) will go up against Colby Lewis (11-8/3.83/135).

Bright Spots:
Matt Albers- 1 hit in a scoreless inning
Franklin Morales- a 1-2-3 inning
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-3 with a walk
Dustin Pedroia- 1-3 with a walk

Dull Spots:
Marco Scutaro- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts
Darnell McDonald- 0-4 with a strikeout
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3 with a strikeout and 3 runners left on base
Josh Reddick- 0-3 with 1 runner left on base

This was a bad game for the Sox, and they really need to turn it around and have a good series.

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