Man, where to begin? I’ll start with the final score: Rangers 18, Red Sox 3. Pretty isn’t it? Who would have thought I could ever feel comfortable with Koji Uehara taking the mound in
late innings any situation? I guess when he has a 14-run lead to work with, it’s hard to eff it up. Let’s recap all the awesome…
The madness began in the 2nd inning. With one out, Nelson Cruz laced a double to centerfield. Mike Napoli, FINALLY breaking out of his slump, hit a moonshot over the Monster to tie the game. A walk to Yorvit Torrealba, a single by Craig Gentry (3 cheers for finally getting on base!), and a walk by Ian Kinsler loaded the bases. Singles by Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton (due to some questionable defensive plays by the Red Sox) would score Torrealba and Gentry. 4-2 Rangers
Oh, but there’s more…
Cruz led off the 3rd inning with a single. Napoli and Torrealba both walked to load the bases for Gentry. And we got a pitcher change! Gentry hits into a fielder’s choice, scoring Cruz. Kinsler would walk to load the bases (AGAIN) for Andrus, who hit a LONG sac fly to right, scoring Torrealba. (Yeah, in RBiA that would’ve been a grand slam. Drats.) Hamilton then singled to right, scoring Gentry. 7-2 Rangers
Michael Young homered (his 2nd of the season) into the Red Sox bullpen in the 6th. 8-2 Rangers
Wait! Wait! It gets better!
In the 8th, a double by Kinsler would start the scoring-frenzy. A 3-run home run by Hamilton, who had 5 RBI for the night, made the score 11-2. Followed quickly by an Adrian Beltre home run (who finally joins in on the hitting fun). David Murphy, who entered the game for Michael Young, singled.
And any Rangers hitting-spectacle wouldn’t be complete without a Boomstick appearance. Thank you, Nelly Cruz! A single by Napoli, more awesome Red Sox defense, a fielder’s choice by Kinsler, and a double by Andrus, the Rangers now have 16 runs. What?!
Surely that’s it…
Then Vicente Padilla came in to pitch the 9th for the Red Sox. (And Laura laughs A LOT…) Murphy singled and Napoli homered (his second 2-run home run of the evening). 18-3 Rangers
I guess I should mention the pitching, huh?
Well, Colby Lewis took the mound for the Rangers tonight in Fenway. Things started out a bit rocky for the Cobra, giving up a 2-run home run to Dustin Pedroia in the 1st, followed by a single and a double, but he was able to get out of the inning only down 2 runs. And then things were easy breezy then on out. Lewis pitched 7 innings, allowing 8 hits (4 of which were in the 1st), 2 runs, 0 walks and struck out 7. Not too shabby.
Koji Uehara came in the 8th and shockingly only gave up 1 run (a home run to Gonzalez). Mark Lowe would come in to pitch a 1-hit 9th.
A few notes…
- Hamilton’s awesome arm made a debut in the 4th, throwing out Repko who was trying to take 2nd on a single.
- This was the shortest start of Jon Lester’s career, going 2 innings (+ 3 batters).
- Every Ranger starter had at least 1 hit.
- It only took 8 batters to get the 1st out in the 8th.
AN EXTRA TREAT!
Because I pay close attention to all the baseball that is being played, I must point out my favorite gem from tonight’s game (if you don’t know me that well, I LOVE quotes taken out of context)…
“You know I don’t watch them. I know it feels good and sounds good and Ron (Washington) yells ‘Yes!’”
Fun game: What is Josh talking about?
Duh. Clearly a home run. Get your mind out of the gutter.