The Red Sox lost yet another game on Tuesday night, this time 9-5 to the Texas Rangers to fall back to .500.
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It was a lackluster performance on Tuesday in which the Red Sox really showed no life after falling behind in the middle innings.
Darwinzon Hernandez made his first career start for the Red Sox and showed really dominating stuff by striking out seven batters in just three innings. However, his command wasn’t there at all, and he threw 86 pitches in just the three-plus innings he was out there. He ended up walking five batters and letting up three hits and four runs (three earned). He showed some real promise, but he often struggled to find the strike zone.
The Sox were able to stay in the game early though, as Xander Bogaerts tied the game at one in the second inning with a solo home run. Then, Rafael Devers snapped an 0-for-20 stretch with a two-run triple to tie the game at three in the third.
The Rangers broke the game open in the middle innings off of Bobby Poyner, who let up five runs in three innings out of the bullpen. The game got really out of hand in the sixth inning when Hunter Pence hit an inside-the-park, two-run home run that Brock Holt couldn’t handle to put the Rangers up 9-3.
The Red Sox would add two late runs on a J.D. Martinez double and a Mookie Betts home run, but it wasn’t enough to make the game even close. They dropped their third game in a row to fall to 34-34 in this increasingly frustrating 2019 season.
Andrew Benintendi showed his frustration after grounding out in the fifth inning and was thrown out by first base umpire Vic Carapazza. The bizarre thing is that Benintendi wasn’t even yelling at Carapazza. He appeared to be yelling in the direction of home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Alex Cora came out to defend his player and was also sent to the showers by Carapazza. Rangers manager Chris Woodward was also ejected the next inning after arguing a call at second base.
So in a really strange game with three ejections, it was the Rangers who came out on top 9-5 to move to 36-30 this season. These two teams will square off again on Wednesday at 4:05 p.m. to accommodate Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals being played at night in Boston. Rick Porcello will be facing off with Lance Lynn.
By the way, Go Bruins!