Closing Time: Red Sox bats remain silent in loss to Rangers
|05.04.13 at 11:02 pm ET|
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After taking what seemed at times like glorified batting practice for three games in a series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox have been stifled completely in the first two games of a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers. On Saturday, the Sox crossed the plate just once while failing to capitalize on numerous opportunities en route to a 5-1 loss to Texas. The Sox were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Entering the series, the Sox had been limited to one or no runs in just two games all season — the second fewest such contests in the majors. Now, they’ve doubled that total, with Rangers ace Yu Darvish looming on Sunday in the series finale, with the Sox trying to avoid being swept in a series for the first time all year.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
— Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and stranded four baserunners. The second baseman is now 0-for-13 in his last three games. It is just the seventh time in his career that he has failed to reach base by walk or hit in three straight games. His on-base percentage dropped to .393 — the first time since April 3 that his OBP has dropped below .400.
— Will Middlebrooks committed a pair of throwing errors, doubling his error total for the year.
— Koji Uehara was hit hard, giving up a single off the right-field wall to Mitch Moreland and then permitting a two-run longball to Craig Gentry for the outfielder’s first homer of the year. Uehara has now given up hits in seven straight outings dating to April 18, and he’s given up homers in three of those contests.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
— Though he took the loss on a night when he gave up three runs in five innings, John Lackey continued to show sharp stuff and limited a formidable Rangers lineup to (mostly) bad contact. After he conceded a leadoff homer to Ian Kinsler in the bottom of the first, Lackey permitted just five singles over the duration of his outing. He did walk three — all in a 33-pitch, two-run fourth inning that proved decisive — but struck out four and got six swings and misses. He also threw a season-high 98 pitches.
— David Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak (dating to last July) to 24 games. He also crushed a ball to center that expired on the warning track, continuing to impact the ball with ferocity to all fields.
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