Boston Red Sox Drop Series Finale Against The Texas Rangers With An Offensive No Show
The Boston Red Sox lost their series finale to the Texas Rangers Wednesday night 8-2. With the loss, Boston loses its first game in 6 games and it causes them to fail in sweeping the Rangers.
Newcomer Doug Fister was on the mound and he had little success. Fister went 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs, 4 of them earned on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. With Eduardo Rodriguez inching closer to a return from injury the days for Fister in the starting rotation are numbered. He could find himself in the bullpen in the near future, or off the roster all together in AAA-Pawtucket or in another organization.
Behind him, John Farrell used Robby Scott, Fernando Abad, Heath Hembree, and Matt Barnes. Scott was the only Boston reliever to give up runs with his final line being 1.1 innings giving up 1 hit and 2 earned runs.
Offensively the Boston Red Sox seemed to have been asleep at the plate. They managed just 3 hits all night as a group with the hits coming from Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Mitch Moreland. Bogaerts had the only RBIs of the game with a two-run home run in the 6th inning off of Rangers starter Andrew Cashner.
The only other Boston batter that had any type of success is Andrew Benintendi, and he went 0-for-2 but managed to walk on two separate occasions.
With the loss, the Boston Red Sox drop to 49-36 but still maintain 1st place in the AL East with a 4.0 game advantage on the second-place New York Yankees.
Boston has a chance to get back to their winning ways on Thursday in Tampa Bay with Chris Sale (11-3 2.61 ERA) on the mound taking on Jacob Faria (3-0 2.23 ERA) of the Rays. The Rays are 5.5 games back of 1st in the AL East and are 44-42 on the season.