‘Puzzling’ mistakes cost Rangers 8-4 loss to Red Sox
What makes the situation even worse is that Hernandez had the exact same scenario on Friday night: stretching out a mild decay with runners in the first and third row with one out. Hernandez also hit that ball hard, not having executed the play properly.
Manager Chris Woodward is a very patient manager. However, the Rangers skipper showed very noticeable frustration in the dugout after the botched play on Monday afternoon.
“I’m as patient as I can get. I take great pride in being patient, especially with younger players,” said Woodward. “I’ve been playing this game for a long time. I know how hard it is. I know you can’t go out there and run whenever you want to. But this, for me, I don’t know how to describe it.
“When something was explained to you, and then you have a chance to go back and do it again and you make the same mistake… It was explained to him mostly on a whiteboard. That’s why I was frustrated. … It is a mental error that can not is happening at this level. ”
Woodward spoke at greater length about the game after the game, using more words like “confusing” and “reckless”.
But the Rangers found a way to get back into the game. Trailing 3-1 in the ninth inning, Texas held a rally against Red Sox closest, Matt Barnes. Nathaniel Lowe and DJ Peters led the frame with back-to-back singles. Jason Martin hit at bat, and it looked like the inning was about to end when Nick Solak hit a Grounder in the middle.
Xander Bogaerts lined up the ball with a diving save, but his second-base turnaround was weak, allowing all runners to reach the goal safely. With goals loaded, Andy Ibáñez scored a brace down center-right, tying the game at 3-3.
The Rangers seemed to want to steal the game in the 10th inning. Lowe pushed his “ghost runner” from second base with a single, soft touchdown in the hole at the shortstop. Late in the inning, Dennis Santana made two quick strikeouts, the second on outstanding defensive play from Kiner-Falefa and Trevino, cutting off the runner trying to score from third base.
Santana edged Rafael Devers with a 0-2 count, but Santana snagged a breaking ball and Devers hit a flying ball in the deepest end of Fenway Park. Bogaerts scored easily from the opening goal, tying the game.
The Rangers failed to score early in the 11th inning and Santana led Boston’s half of the period with a pitch error on a sacrifice bunt from Christian Vázquez, allowing him to reach base. The Rangers intentionally made Alex Verdugo walk, then Shaw followed with his grand slam, putting an end to the game emphatically.
“There was good [from today]”Woodward said.” We fought. We fought. We haven’t stopped … I’m proud of it for the whole team. But we have to find a way to run in these [critical] moments, or at least have a game plan to execute. ”
The Rangers (43-81) travel to Cleveland for their first meeting of the season with the Indians (61-61) on Tuesday. Rangers left-hander Taylor Hearn (2-4, 3.97 ERA) is expected to face Cleveland right-hander Eli Morgan (2-5, 5.80 ERA).
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