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Nick Tasso

Nick Tasso

Living in the New England region, it's hard to not fall in love with sports. From a very young age, the excitement and joy that came playing and watching sports was amazing. My passion for sports continues to grow everyday. You can find me here, covering both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics. As for outside just New England content, I contribute articles at RotoViz, FantasyPros, and DailyFantasyCafe. If you can handle it, I call myself theinefficient2 on Twitter.

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The Boston Red Sox fell to the Texas Rangers for the second straight day in the series finale.

 

The Sox handed the ball to their veteran righty Clay Buchholz, and had an outing very similar to his last one.

 

Buchholz gave lead off the game by giving up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Ian Desmond. Buchholz then allowed another single to the rookie Nomar Mazara, which knocked in Choo.

 

Still with zero outs, Buchholz allowed another single to former teammate, Adrian Beltre. Desmond scored on the base hit by Beltre to give the Rangers an early 2-0 lead.

 

After a Prince Fielder walk, Buchholz allowed yet another hit off the bat of Rougned Odor for a 3-0 Rangers lead. Buchholz managed to get Elvis Andrus to ground out into a double play, which helped Buchholz get out of the inning with a 3-0 deficit.

 

Surprisingly, Buchholz was solid through the next four innings. He faced the minimum over those four innings with a lot of help by a few caught stealing plays and double plays.

 

It was quiet for both of the offenses until the sixth inning.

 

In the top of the sixth, Bryce Brentz went deep with his first Major League home run to bring the score to 3-1.

 

Things looked like the Red Sox might have a comeback on their hands, until Buchholz took the mound for the bottom of the sixth inning.

 

Beltre led off the inning by getting on base thanks to an error by Xander Bogaerts. Prince Fielder then took Buchholz deep for only his sixth home run of the season. The two-run shot put the Rangers up 5-1.

 

Buchholz was then taken out after he allowed a walk to Andrus with only one out in the inning. Tommy Layne was able to get out of the inning on a quick double play ball off the bat of Mitch Moreland.

 

The Rangers tacked on another run to put them up 6-1 after Beltre collected a single which knocked in Choo against Heath Hembree.

 

Dustin Pedroia got on base via a walk to lead off the eighth inning. Bogaerts followed that with a single of his own as the Red Sox attempted to make a comeback.

 

With no outs and two on, Hanley Ramirez faced Matt Bush. Bush was able to get Ramirez to hit into a fielders’ choice for the first out of the inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. came up next and flew out to left field for the second out of the inning.

 

Brentz was due to hit next, but John Farrell called him back in favor of David Ortiz, who was given the day off initially. Rangers manager Jeff Bannister countered and brought in a lefty to face Ortiz. With Jake Diekman now pitching, Ortiz was still able to snag a single, which plated Bogaerts. The rally ended shortly after that as Travis Shaw ended the inning with a flyball out.

 

William Cuevas made another appearance for the Red Sox in the finale. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

 

Shawn Tolleson finished the game for the Rangers, pitching a perfect inning.

 

It was another bad loss for the Red Sox, as they now have lost five of their past seven games.

 

After winning the first game of the series in comeback fashion, the Red Sox scored just five runs in their two losses.

 

One of their issues was the starting pitching, who had an ERA of 9.49 in the series. Despite his poor performance today, Buchholz’ 5 ⅓ innings was the longest a Sox starter went in the series. David Price and Steven Wright both struggled against the Rangers.

 

WP: Martin Perez (7-4, 3.44 ERA)

LP: Clay Buchholz (3-8, 5.90 ERA)

The Red Sox will look to rebound tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays. Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.41 ERA) will face rookie lefty Blake Snell (0-2, 2.40 ERA), beginning at 7:10 EST.

Bogaerts collected two hits, including a solo home run as the Sox win 6-2

After a day off yesterday, Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-5 with a home run to lead the offense.

 

In the second and final game of this short series, the Boston Red Sox (34-24) will have their big off-season prize, David Price (7-2, 4.88 ERA) to face the ace of the San Francisco Giants (35-25), Madison Bumgarner (7-2, 1.91 ERA).

Robbie Ross Jr. and the Red Sox bullpen continues to struggle in loss against the Orioles.

Behind a strong start by Joe Kelly, the Red Sox won to go 26-17 on the year.

 

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a home run to continue his hitting streak to 24 games.

After three weeks of playing the Sunday Night Game, the Red Sox were back to day baseball on Sunday and squeaked out a 10-9 victory.

 

The Oakland Athletics take on the Boston Red Sox at 7:10 to begin a three game series

Despite David Price's struggles, the offense really picked him up to get the Red Sox their 15th win of the year. Travis Shaw and Christian Vazquez both hit two-run home runs to contribute to the sweep.

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