It’s going to be another short post. A short post means one of two things: either we won by a slim margin, or we lost by a slim margin. Last night, I guess you could say we lost by a slim margin, although we didn’t really do anything to create any sort of a margin either way.
We got shut out. The entire team managed four hits. None of them were for extra bases. Gonzalez, Pedroia, Crawford, and Lowrie each singled. Gonzalez and Pedroia each walked once, and Lavarnway walked twice. We went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.
Meanwhile, Bedard continues to improve with every start. He gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings while walking one and striking out four. But, as usual, that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The first run was the result of a walk, single, and single progression in the third. That last single should never have happened. With one out in the inning, Ian Kinsler hit a fly ball right at Reddick. He dropped to his knees and made essentially a basket catch in his glove. The catch was clean. You can watch any replay of your choice, and you will see that it was blatantly obvious that the catch was clean. I mean, if the catch was not clean, why would Reddick fire to first base? But for some bizarre reason that I can’t even begin to fathom, first base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that it was a trap, not a catch, and awarded Kinsler first base. Eddings was wrong. There are no two ways about it. He was just flat-out wrong. I don’t know what play Eddings was looking at, but he couldn’t have been looking at Reddick’s because that was a clean, spotless catch. And that supposed single moved the runner to scoring position, and one single later, Texas was up by one. Tito came out to argue, of course, but it didn’t help.
The rest of the runs were a result of a single, single, strikeout, and home run progression in the sixth on a two-seam with two out. That one pitch ruined everything. Take away the umpire’s completely false ruling, and make that pitch a little bit better, and for all we know we could have ended up winning in extras or something.
Overall, Bedard’s two-seam was much worse strikes-wise than his four-seam; his changeup was excellent, and his curveball wasn’t too far behind. He threw 108 pitches, sixty-nine of which were strikes. His highest count was twenty-eight in the sixth; he brought that down to twelve in the fourth and his lowest at only seven in the fifth. He took the loss. Albers and Morales combined for two scoreless relief innings.
We’re 0-4 in Arlington this year and two and eleven in Arlington since the start of the ’09 season. Clearly, the playoff implications of that are not good. We can take heart in the fact that, by the time October rolls around, we’ll have Youk, Ellsbury, and Papi back. Honestly, those numbers look bad, but as far as the playoffs are concerned, I’m not worried. It’s a whole different ballgame (pun intended). I’m just really frustrated about Reddick’s catch. That was ridiculous.