This is going to be a short post. Like, a really short post. And unless that means that one of our pitchers threw a pitcher’s duel, that’s not good. In this case, really not good.
We lost in a slugfest shutout. The final score was 10-0. While the Rangers were busy stringing together thirteen hits, we mustered all of two. Ellsbury had one, and Gonzalez had the other. Neither of them were for extra bases. Ellsbury was caught stealing and picked off, so we left only one on base, and we had no opportunities with runners in scoring position. Also, nobody walked. Nobody. Why? Because the Texas pitching staff did everything our pitching staff didn’t do.
Meanwhile, all but one of our pitchers were touched for runs last night. Miller only lasted one and a third inning and managed to give up six runs on five hits in that time, one of which was a three-run home run. He balked. He also gave up a bases-loaded walk. He took the loss. Obviously it was his worst start of the season. Why? Because he did everything a pitcher is not supposed to do. He missed his spots, got behind in the count, was inconsistent and inefficient, and did n’t have any control or command.
Bowden came in, pitched two and two-thirds innings, and allowed another run. Albers came in, pitched an inning, and allowed three runs on three hits, one of which was a solo shot and one of which was a two-run shot. Wake pitched the last four innings and was the only pitcher not to give up runs. His innings were spotless except for three hits. He struck out three and didn’t even walk anybody.
Youk returned from the DL, and we reached our seven hundredth consecutive sellout at Fenway. What a way to celebrate.
We are now in second place. The game lasted two hours and forty-eight minutes. Watching Texas string together these long innings full of long rallies with lots of runs and basically dominate those two hours and forty-eight minutes while we go down in order inning after inning after inning is not my idea of a fun time.