April 4, 2006

G2: Rangers 10, Red Sox 4

Red Sox 000 001 012 - 4 10 0
Rangers 400 301 20x - 10 13 0
Tim Wakefield did not have it tonight. The first four Texas batters: single, stolen base, walk, passed ball, RBI single, 3-run homer. 4-0. There was a double and another passed ball before the inning was over.

Phil Nevin (he hit the HR) added a two-run single in the third that ended Wake's night: 3.2-7-7-3-3 (yet he also retired seven in a row at one point).

Coco Crisp got three hits, stole a base and scored the first two Boston runs. ... Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 with 3K, frustrated all night trying to pull outside fastballs. ... Kevin Youkilis got his first hit of the year, a double in the 7th. ... Rudy Seanez loaded the bases in the 8th on a single and two walks, but then got three outs: K, P2, 4-3. ... Wily Mo Pena (pinch-hitting in the 9th) ripped the second pitch he saw for an opposite field RBI double.

In Houston: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, batting leadoff for Florida, went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI.


Previews: Red Sox and Rangers.


Jack Marshall said...

The media's rush to blame Wake's troubles on Josh Bard is ridiculous. 1) Wake had good seasons before Mirabelli came along. 2) Mirabelli had trouble catching Wakefield at first. 3) That was a wild knuckleball in a high wind. Give the guy a break. 4) It's not like a catcher has to call a great game with Wakefield pitching. There aren't a lot of options. 5) The passed balls didn't lose the game...the hits and walks did.

redsock said...

The sheer amount of hand-wringing is amazing. Christ.


Yaz-Tex said...

Random musings from what was an otherwise forgettable night for the Old Towne Team at the Ballpark in Arlington, from a nice vantage point behind the Sox dugout in Section 19, Row 31, seats 7&8

- As soon as I saw that the flags were blowing in, I knew it would be a tough night for Wake. He didn't have the good one last night (as Phil Nevin so aptly demonstrated), and I don't think having Mirabelli behind the dish would have changed anything.
- On a picture-perfect, Chamber of Commerce ordered evening, the announced attendance was 25K fans, down more than 50% from the previous Opening Day crowd. A clear example why this town will never be a baseball town.
- It's always entertaining to watch the Ranger fans get their dander up when the chants of LET'S GO RED SOX, CLAP-CLAP-CLAPCLAPCLAP start to swell in the stands. The poor, horsehide-challenged local yokels try to drown out the offending noise with their feeble booing, much like Quasimodo covering his ears to beat back the sound of the bells. Priceless!
- Padilla was bringing some major gas last night. This guy will be tough to beat if he can sustain that level of velocity and command.

Bring on Becket! Should be about 25,000 good seats left tonight for anyone interested in coming out to the BPIA at the last minute....