When the Rangers headed into Boston for a three game series, each team was on their own losing streak. Boston had already lost five games and the Rangers had lost 4 games. Two games into the Boston series and Boston now has a 2 game winning streak. The Rangers losing streak is now stretched to six games and Ron Washington’s job is probably coming under more fire with every loss.
Before the Red Sox even came to bat tonight, there were already in 0-3 hole. In the bottom of the first inning they responded with no runs and the Rangers came back to bat in the top of the second on a rbi single by Josh Hamilton bringing Elvis Andrus into score. The Rangers are now up 4-0.
In the bottom of the second inning the Red Sox scored on a home run by Mike Lowell to make the score 4-1. In the bottom of the third inning Matt Harrison filled the bases on a walk, and 2 hits before serving up a grand slam to J.D. Drew giving the Red Sox a 5-4 lead.
After serving up the Grand Slam with zero outs, Harrison got the three outs working around one walk to Mike Lowell to end the inning. In the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings the Red Sox were able to push one run across each inning putting the Rangers in a 4-7 hole. At the end of the sixth inning the score had not changed and finally in the seventh inning the Rangers came alive.
After not scoring another run for four innings the Rangers tied the score up at 7-7 in the seventh inning. To start the seventh inning Julio Borbon got a single on a bunt ground ball. The play was a highlight of his speed. Elvis Andrus then walks to put men on first and second. During the Andrus’s at bat Julio Borbon stole second base. Josh Hamilton then stepped to the plate against Boston starter Josh Beckett on a 3-2 count. This is Hamilton’s first home of the season.
The next four innings neither team scored going into the twelve inning tied at 7-7. Boston reliever Hideki Okajima worked a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the 12 inning. Dustin Nippert got Jeremy Hermida to strike out swinging on a 1-2 coutto get the first out of the inning. Nippert then gives up a single to Marco Scutaro after easily working through Hermida. Nelson Cruz then left the game due to a leg injury and as of right now there is no indication of the status of the injury.
J.D. Drew then comes up to bat and flies out to center feilder Julio Borbon moving Scutaro to second base. The Rangers then decided to walk Dustin Pedroia to face Kevin Youkilis. Youklilis then worked a 3-2 count before doubling bringing in Marcus Scutaro to score the winning walk off run ending the game.
The most disappointing thing of the loss tonight is that the Rangers started the game with a 4-0 lead on the Red Sox, before pitching began to falter essentially tying the game. Then the Rangers had five innings to try to win the game and their bats did not answer. The pitching did not let up until Dustin Nippert gave up the winning run to end the game.
In tonight’s loss the Rangers suffered their second consecutive one run loss to the Red Sox. In last nights game the Rangers set a club record in steals with 9 steals in the game against the Red Sox Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Its amazing that the Rangers stole 9 bases in a game and still lost. It seems like the Rangers are doing some stuff right, but everything is not working together to give them wins. Their current record is 5-9 in 14 games which is in the cellar in the American League West. In 28 games if the Rangers record is 10-18, no matter if new ownership has taken over or not Ron Washington probably won’t be at the helm of the Rangers.
Tags: Dustin Nippert Dustin Pedroia Elvis Andrus Hideki Okajima J.D. Drew Jeremy Hermida Josh Beckett Josh Hamilton Julio Borbon Kevin Youkilis Marco Scutaro Matt Harrison Mike Lowell Ron Washington Tim Wakefield