Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Red Sox Come All The Way Back Only To Fall To Rangers (55-57)

Beckett was rocked by the Rangers
This game was a disappointing game for the Red Sox as it started out bad, then they came back only to fall in the end. Things started off rough as the Rangers led off the game by putting runners at the corners. Both runners scored when Josh Hamilton tripled on a high fly ball that rattled around in the triangle in center field. Hamilton scored on an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly to give the Rangers an early 3-0 cushion. However, the Red Sox came storming back in the bottom of the first-- starting with just a man on first and two outs. That man, Dustin Pedroia, scored on a double by Adrian Gonzalez-- who would score on a single by Cody Ross to cut it to 3-2 in just the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, the Red Sox tied the game up in the third on a solo shot to left for Cody Ross. It took them until the fifth, but the Rangers got some homers of their own-- a solo shot to center for Mitch Moreland and a two-run shot to right to make it 6-3.

Middlebrooks hit his 15th
home run
However, the Red Sox came right back in the bottom of the fifth-- starting on a leadoff triple by Carl Crawford. Crawford scored on a double by Adrian Gonzalez, who eventually scored on a passed ball to cut it to 6-5. That was when things got rough for the Red Sox-- starting on a leadoff single in the sixth. That would be followed up by a two-run homer for Geovany Soto, crushed to left to make it 8-5. The Rangers tacked on another run in the seventh when Nelson Cruz went deep over the monster. However, that seventh was when things turned for the Red Sox-- starting with a leadoff single for Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia scored on a double by Adrian Gonzalez, who was followed with a walk to put men at first and second. Will Middlebrooks came up and promptly tied the game with a three-run homer to make it 9-9. Unfortunately, the Rangers got the go-ahead run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre and won 10-9. 

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia- 2-5, 2 R
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI
Cody Ross- 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Will Middlebrooks- 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Dull Spots:
Josh Beckett- 5 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-5, 2 K, 2 LOB

Player of the Game:
Adrian Gonzalez- Gonzalez was a doubles machine today, hitting three doubles to go with three runs and three RBIs-- he is now .310/11/72. 

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