Red Sox suffer most embarrassing loss of 2021 season
Red Sox showed lack of effort in loss to Rangers
Negligent. No, this does not refer to the ground conditions at Fenway Park as a tropical storm ravages New England. The term describes how the Boston Red Sox played on this field long before the rain came.
The Red Sox couldn’t do anything right in a resounding loss to the lowly Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on Saturday. Texas (43-80) holds the second-worst American League record, but they beat Boston in four of their six games to win the series this season.
The Rangers entered the game tied for the fewest road wins in the majors with 14. They had won only once on the road since the all-star break before last night’s victory wore off. their second half record at 2-16.
The generally even-tempered Alex Cora didn’t hesitate to express his disgust at the team’s efforts in the 10-1 loss, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.
âIt was embarrassing today,â Cora said. “It’s not acceptable. For a team that is fighting for the playoffs, to present itself like that and play like that. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose the match, it’s how you win or lose the match and it’s not acceptable.
Boston showed a frustrating lack of discipline on the field by committing five mistakes, a season record. Surprisingly, the mistakes only led to two undeserved races, but the damage could have been worse.
Eduardo Rodriguez was unhappy with his manager for pulling him off after six clean innings in his last appearance against the Baltimore Orioles. There shouldn’t be any argument from the southpaw as to why he received an early hook this time around. E-Rod only lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and one walk.
The low point of his outing came with two outs in the fourth inning when Brock Holt hit a weak Grounder towards the mound that Rodriguez failed to line up. The ball deflected from the pitcher to second base where it was recovered by Kike Hernandez, who threw the ball to allow a runner to score and Holt to advance to third. An RBI double from Isiah Kiner-Falefa sent Rodriguez to the showers.
Rodriguez’s fifth point scored when Hirokazu Sawamura allowed an infield single and Xander Bogaerts made a pitching error that got Kiner-Falefa home. Two errors in the round but all points were earned. It was determined that these runners would have scored despite errors due to the double that Rodriguez gave up before the start and a wild throw from Sawamura. This disaster could have been avoided altogether if Rodriguez had put in a better effort on a ball that was lightly hit to him.
The Boston pitching staff allowed 10 runs to a team that hadn’t scored in double digits since July 6. The Rangers are dead last in the majors in runs scored (96), batting average (0.200), percentage on base (0.253), hits (0.328) and wRC + (59) since the all-star break. Joey Gallo has been wearing stripes since the trade deadline and now that he’s gone, most fans would be hard-pressed to name more than a few Rangers hitters who aren’t called Brock Holt.
As poor as the pitch and defense are, the offense must bear a fair share of the blame. Jordan Lyles is one of baseball’s worst starting pitchers this season with a 5.33 ERA which ranks fifth among major league starters. His 5.55 FIP and -0.3 fWAR rank ahead of his only teammate Mike Foltynewicz.
A powerful Red Sox formation should have had a day on the pitch against a pitcher who doesn’t miss a lot of sticks and can’t keep the ball in the park. Instead, they only managed a meager run on five hits.
The Red Sox had their chances but couldn’t pass. A goal struck by Christian Vazquez should have loaded the goals in the second inning, but JD Martinez didn’t stop in the third and ended up getting sent off at home to end the inning.
Boston’s only point came from an RBI single by Hernandez in the third inning. The chance to gain momentum was wasted when Kike was passed on a deep ball to cross Rafael Devers’ bat which was caught on the wall. Hernandez clearly didn’t realize the ball had been caught until it was too late to come back to the first. Cora disputed that the ball hit the wall before it fell into the outfielder’s glove, but play was confirmed after review.
The base’s blunders blocked the offensive early. Once the pitching staff unravel on the fourth, it’s like the lineup just gave up. Boston only had one more runner to reach second the rest of the game and they never presented a big threat to score.
Every team is going to have games where their pitchers get roughed up or the roster can’t chain hits. You can’t win them all. When a loss comes from lack of effort, this is when the line should be drawn. The Red Sox couldn’t stop baseball’s worst offense from scoring and they couldn’t get any runs against a terrible pitching staff. They made mental mistakes on the ground and the basic paths.
The Red Sox have lost games by bigger deficits this season, but given the quality of the opponent, it has to be the most embarrassing loss of the season.
âIt’s hard to watch,â Cora said. âIt’s hard for us. I hate the way we play today. I hate that. It is essential.
The manager summed up the best. This shameful demonstration was difficult to watch. Cora has tried to take responsibility, but this loss is not on him. This one is about the players. They didn’t perform in any aspect of the game and it was as if they had raised the white flag after falling behind early.
Sunday’s game being postponed by the weather, the Red Sox have a day off to clear their heads. Boston’s playoff hopes are starting to wane. If they don’t come back for their next game showing more effort on the pitch, they don’t deserve to stay in the race.