April 17, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) reacts during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Red Sox Pitchers Get Embarrassed by Rangers’ Powerful Offense


Rangers 18-Red Sox 3


Speaking to the editor about this recap I stated to him that “I don’t even know where to go with this”– Yes, it was that kind of game for the Red Sox and more specifically their pitching staff. Virtually from start to finish, they couldn’t get the job done.

Trouble found it’s way to Jon Lester early–After Dustin Pedroia put one just over the monster seats in the Sox half of the first, Lester quickly coughed up the lead and then some in the second.

It started with a 2-run shot from Mike Napoli, followed by walk,single,walk and a slow roller off the bat of Elvis Andrus that Lester couldn’t make a play on, allowing Yorvit Torrealba to score from third.

Josh Hamilton followed that madness with a weakly hit fly ball that Cody Ross completely whiffed on, allowing Craig Gentry to score from third.

Finally–after a 49 pitch frame–Lester was able to get Michael Young to ground out to end the inning but it was ugly no matter which way you sell it and it was far from over.

The Red Sox’ ace allowed the first three to reach in the third on a base hit and two walks before being relieved of his duties in favor of Scott Atchison who would allow all three runners to come around and make it a 7-3 game.

The Rangers powerful bats were just getting started though.

After a few relatively quiet frames–with a solo homer mixed in from Michael Young–things got hideous for the Sox in the eighth with Mark Melancon on the mound.

A mammoth 3-run home run–Jerry Remy described it as “one of the longest he’s seen at Fenway”–came off the bat of Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre followed immediately with a solo shot and not to be outdone, Nelson Cruz stuck the dagger in with a 2-run homer.

Three home runs, zero outs later and Mark Melancon looks 2012′s version of Tim Wakefield from last year. Somebody better buy him a mop because he’s sure to be filling some clean-up duty with the Sox.

The Rangers would add a pair in the ninth–making it 18-3–on Mike Napoli’s second blast of the game and Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the Sox half of the eighth but it wasn’t enough to spark a late inning comeback, obviously.

Bottom line–the pitching on the Sox side of this game sucked. Jon Lester wasn’t himself from the jump, Scott Atchison inherited a mess that he couldn’t make magically go away and Mark Melancon has a 49.50 ERA on the season–enough said.

The Red Sox and Josh Beckett will look to salvage a split with the Rangers tomorrow night at Fenway Park.


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    Don’t know if it’s an injury or a mechanical/confidence issue, but the club needs to find out what’s wrong with Melancon right now and either option him to Pawtucket or put him on the DL.

  • Derek Stykalo

    This just in: The Texas Rangers are good!


     @Derek Stykalo Very true. Big reason why I’m evaluating a few notable guys from tonight with what they’ve done so far this season as a whole. Lester has usually struggled in April and does have one of these godawful nights every now and then. If he puts this behind him quickly, I’m sure we’ll see him looking more like the guy he was in his previous two starts.
    Melancon took the L in Game 1 and Game 3 (as well as a blown save in that one). He gave up a homer to Zobrist in a no-pressure situation. The situation he was in tonight could probably be considered no-pressure as well (only because the Rangers are stacked in the back end of their bullpen that I doubt we would’ve comeback had Melancon actually shut the door in the eighth).
    Youkilis is another one. It’s still early and he can rebound. But how long can the club afford to be patient with him? More so now with two-thirds of the outfield injured and in a division where power from the hot-corner is a must. But with the organization’s top prospect, who plays the same position as Youk, knocking on the door and being publicly criticized by his manager, it’s time for a sense of urgency on Youk’s part.

  • http://www.bosoxinjection.com/ John Green

     @JLFCASH Good points on everything you mentioned. I’m not really sure what options they have with Melancon besides sending him to Pawtucket and giving someone on the farm a chance to contribute. He has no trade value at this point so the Sox would’nt get a thing for him.
    Your point with Lester having one of these outings on occasion is very true, we see it from him a few times every year and he’s actually been much better this April than years past to this point. Hopefully he can shrug it off and come out and dominate like he’s done in his first two starts.
    As far as Youk I dont know what they do with him. Like you said Middlebrooks is kicking the door down so it may not be long before he’s given an opportunity. Witht the weaknesses on this team, they can hardly afford to get nothing from third base. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if Youk continues to struggle.