The Red Sox lost…again. After starting off last season 2-10, though, this season seems like a breeze. The Red Sox already have 4 wins, but they collected their 8th loss tonight against the Texas Rangers. It really should come as no surprise though considering the Rangers’ prolific offense and the Red Sox general lack of pitching. On the bright side, a 6-3 loss feels so much better than the 18-3 loss they suffered yesterday at the hands of these same Rangers.
Josh Beckett started for the Sox and put together a very solid start (7IP 7H 3R 3ER 1BB 7SO 110 pitches), and Boston only trailed 3-2 when he left after 7 innings, but the bullpen could not keep it close as Franklin Morales gave up three runs while only recording one out to start the 8th inning. That brought the Rangers lead to 6-2, a lead they would never look back from. The Sox tried to rally in the 9th as they cut the lead to 6-3 with two on and one out, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined into a game-ending double play to end the game and squash any hopes of a rally.
The Red Sox will look forward to their day off tomorrow as they prepare for Fenway Park 100th Birthday celebrations on Friday against the New York Yankees at 3:05pm. Festivities will start around 2pm, so if you’re going to the game make sure to get their early, and if you’re watching from home, make sure to have your television tuned to NESN at least an hour before game time.
The Yankees will send Ivan Nova (2-0, 4.15 ERA) to the mound to face Clay Buchholz (1-0, 9.82 ERA).