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When Branch Rickey said that baseball was a game of inches, he knew what he was talking about. The Red Sox lost 4-3 in Texas Sunday; a tense, momentum-volleying game that would have seemed to the Sox of earlier this season, easily winnable.
The Red Sox simply lacked sharpness in every phase of the game. Young Junichi Tazawa gave up 10 hits in just five innings, walked three and struck out exactly nobody. Boston’s bats suddenly became ice-cold when it counted, going 0-5 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine runners. Every promising start to an inning seemed to be followed by a double play.
The Rangers, for their part, looked distinctly average themselves, with similar clutch hitting statistics, but were ultimately able to do just enough to finish off a Red Sox team that seemed on the point of returning to form. Nevertheless, the scars of the recent nightmarish series in New York seem not to have faded at all.
Victor Martinez was the only Sox player to pick up multiple hits. He continues to be a rare bright spot.
It might be a little harsh, but Junichi Tazawa hasn’t impressed me as a possible long-term fixture in the Red Sox rotation. He was pretty awful today against Texas.
“I know people say, ‘I don’t scoreboard watch,’ but I watch every single day. I’m watching on April 5. I want to know how the teams around us are doing, whether it’s the Yankees, Tampa or Texas.” — Mike Lowell, externalizing Red Sox Nation’s case of the nerves. (via bostonherald.com.)