That didn’t exactly go according to plan. I had in mind more of a sweeping and crushing manifestation of vengeance. Something on the order of what the Rangers did to us, except more, and with us as the victor. But alas, the team had other plans.
We lost, 6-3. At least it wasn’t another huge loss, but a loss is a loss as far as the standings are concerned. To be fair, we can’t really blame Beckett for this this one; it’s true that it was by no means his best start, but it wasn’t that bad either. If the only runs that our pitching staff gave up were his three runs, it’s possible that we would have gone into extra innings and maybe won after all.
He hurled seven innings and gave up seven hits; he walked one and struck out seven. He threw sixty-eight of 110 pitches for strikes. Like his start, all of his pitches were decent; he threw both fastballs, a changeup, and a cutter for strikes most of the time, and he threw a curveball for strikes half the time. He threw eleven to fifteen pitches in every inning except the third, when he threw thirty-one. The inning started and ended with lengthy strikeouts; in between, he gave up a walk, three consecutive singles, and one run. The next inning, he allowed a single followed by a home run to left on a fastball followed by three straight outs, two of which were swinging strikeouts.
His last three innings were his most solid; the Rangers went down in order. That’s why it was so infuriating when Morales gave up three runs in that frame. One frame and the Rangers doubled their run total. That’s like, literally, the exact opposite of what relievers are supposed to do. He began with a flyout. And then there was a single, an intentional walk, an unintentional walk, a hit batsman that scored a run, and a double that scored two more. After a second intentional walk, Albers came on and got the final out and finished the game.
We actually got on the board first when Papi led off the second with a double, followed by a homer by Youk on a sinker. He smacked to left center field off the light post on the Monster the first time he batted sixth since 2008.
We didn’t score our final run until the bottom of the ninth, which seemed so promising but ended way too soon. It began with a walk by Ross followed by a strikeout. Then Youk reached on a throwing error, and Sweeney singled in Ross. And it looked for a moment like we were going to come back. But just like the numerous times when it looked for a moment like we were going to come back but didn’t, we didn’t. Salty hit into an unassisted double play, and that was the end of the game.
No multi-hit games. Three of our five hits were extra-base hits, two doubles and the homer. Too bad those five hits were only half of the Rangers’ ten. It wasn’t super-horrible like Tuesday, but it wasn’t great. I mean, we lost. And a loss is a loss. So there you go.
By the way, Melancon was optioned and Tazawa was called up. Surprise, surprise.