49-30: Beckett, Ellsbury blow a 4-run lead

The game seemed firmly in hand. David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis had provided a four-run cushion in the first two innings, and Josh Beckett was on the mound. But a bout of wildness in the fouth, combined with a misplayed line drive, saw the game tied at 4-4, and then Sammy Sosa hit a Monster shot off of Beckett (11-2) in the fifth to make it 5-4.

Jacoby Ellsbury legged out an infield hit in the third to go 1-4 from the nine hole in his major league debut. He got a standing ovation for his efforts, but that happy feeling quickly faded when Brad Wilkerson‘s line drive went over his head in the next inning, allowing two runs to score, tying the game at 4 runs apiece.

Rangers starter Robinson Tejeda walked six and gave up five hits in just 4 innings, but held the Sox to four runs, so he got a no-decision. I don’t blame our hitters for not getting to Akinori Otsuka and Eric Gagne, but even Ron Mahay and Joaquin Benoit tossed three scoreless innings of relief in this game.

The Sox stranded 17 baserunners in this one, and are hitting terribly in June with men on. I realize the high-OBP strategy means we’ll strand a lot of baserunners, but this is abnormal. The offense is just putrid, and they have no reason to be against the scuffling Rangers.


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