Closing Time: Wild pitch does in Josh Beckett, Red Sox as Rangers take series
|07.25.12 at 10:51 pm ET|
One wild pitch went a long way for the Rangers Wednesday night.
With two outs in the seventh inning, runners on first and third for Texas and the game tied, Josh Beckett uncorked a wild pitch on a changeup to Michael Young, allowing Elvis Andrus to come home with the game-winning run.
The end result would be a 5-3 victory for the Rangers over the Red Sox in Arlington, Texas.
Beckett finished his seven-inning outing allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out three, walking two and throwing 114 pitches. He was out-dueled by Texas starter Derek Holland, who surrendered three runs over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up five hits.
The Sox managed just six runs for the three-game series.
Here is what went wrong (and right) for the 49-50 Red Sox:
WHAT WENT WRONG
– In retaliation of Clay Buchholz hitting both Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre (who was back in the lineup after being beaned), Adrian Gonzalez was hit in the leg by a first-inning fastball from Texas starter Derek Holland.
– With runners on first and third and nobody out, Ian Kinsler flew out to shallow right field. But Cody Ross‘ throw home went over the cutoff man’s head, allowing the runner at first, Craig Gentry, to reach second. Elvis Andrus ground ball to second could have resulted in an inning-ending double play, but, fortunately for the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia was able to throw out Yorvit Torrealba at home. Beckett would get out of the bases loaded, two-out jam by inducing an Adrian Beltre pop up to third. It was the 16th time his last 20 chances in such situations the starter has escaped without allowing a run.
– Former Red Sox outfielder David Murphy got the Rangers on the board, waiting back on a Beckett curveball and driving it to left-center field for an RBI double. The gapper plated Michael Young, who had led off the fourth inning with an opposite field double.
– Texas tied it in the fourth on a suicide squeeze bunt by Craig Gentry, scoring Murphy. The Rangers then went ahead when Ian Kinsler’s pop up to shallow right field fell in front of Cody Ross. It capped the scoring in what turned out to be a three-run, five-hit frame for the hosts.
– Carl Crawford experienced another tough night, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a pop out on a bunt. The outfielder, who was once again replaced in left field by Daniel Nava in the seventh inning for defensive purposes, is not hitless in his last four games.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– While Beckett allowed a first-inning baserunner for the fifth time in his last six games, the Sox starter managed to get out of the first without any damage. Beckett came into the game allowing opponents a .343 batting average in the first, while totaling a 10.69 ERA in the frame. The only miscue this time around was a walk to Elvis Andrus, who was promptly thrown out trying to steal by Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach.
– Beckett also was able to get out of the second inning unscathed, allowing just a single to Michael Young. It was notable considering in his last three starts the righty had allowed just one fewer total base (12) than in the first inning.
– The Red Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to Dustin Pedroia‘s run-scoring 6-4-3 double play. Scoring was Jacoby Ellsbury, who led off with a walk and was moved over to third on a Pedro Ciriaco single.
– The Red Sox extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to Will Middlebrooks’ 12th homer of the season. The solo shot was the sixth time he has gone deep with two outs.
– The Red Sox’ second home run of the game, coming off the bat of Dustin Pedroia with one out in the sixth inning, tied the game at 3-3. The homer went over the left field fence, where all but two of the second baseman’s seven round-trippers has landed this season. It marked the 13th home run allowed by Derek Holland in the lefty’s last eight starts.
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