June 26, 2016

G75: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 000 001 010 - 2  8  1
Rangers - 300 002 10x - 6 10  0
Clay Buchholz's first six batters: single, single, single, single, walk, single.

He then got a double play and, after an intentional walk, the third out. So allowing only three runs seemed almost like a positive thing. Buchholz (5.1-7-5-5-3, 97) managed to stick around until the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run dong to Prince Fielder, a home run that ruined Clay's chances of a Quality Start (!) and effectively sealed the Red Sox's fate.

Note: Buchholz threw a first-pitch strike to each of the first seven Texas hitters in that horrific first inning. While batters certainly fare better proceeding from a 1-0 count than from 0-1, sometimes that factoid, so often tossed out by broadcasters to illustrate a pitcher's success, is little more than bullshit.

Bryce Brentz (2-for-3) hit his first career home run in the sixth inning. David Ortiz drove in an eighth-inning run with a pinch-hit single.

The Orioles beat the Rays 12-5, so the Red Sox, while still in second place, dropped to 4 GB in the East.
Clay Buchholz / Martin Perez
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Brentz, DH
Shaw, 3B
Leon, C
LaMarre, LF
Because the Orioles won two games yesterday, the Red Sox are now 3 GB. The Blue Jays are 4 GB.

1 comment:

allan said...

ESPN: For Yankees, any win feels like Game 7 of the World Series
"The New York Yankees are desperate to cling on to any hope. ... The problem for the Yankees is that much of their roster is better suited for 2006 than 2016. That is why Girardi is managing any winnable game like a playoff game."