'What we learned': Red Sox' 6-2 loss to the Rangers
Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers . . .
1) Clay Buchholz is always going to have a reason for big innings
The Red Sox’ Sunday starter had his second crack at impressing Boston and John Farrell -- along with a chance to save the bullpen and the series after splitting the first two games in Texas.
Unfortunately, he had a fairly similar start to his outing, giving up three runs in the first frame of the game against Texas.
After the game, Buchholz talked about what happened -- once again almost trying to justify what had happened.
“In the first inning there really weren’t a whole lot of balls that were really hit hard. They were just hit where we weren’t,” Buchholz said. “Regardless of it being a mistake, its balls that just seemed to find some holes. They put some good at-bats together, and, yeah, that’s part of the game.”
Pitchers are supposed to move on from their mistakes and learn from them. He’s right when he said some of the hits found holes and that where guys hit his pitches are out of his hands.
But at some point he needs to show a little fire.
Composure is great on the mound or when you get pulled from the game. But it’d be nice if one time Buchholz showed a little emotion when discussing one of his frustrating outings.
2) Xander Bogaerts needs the occasional day off
Xander Bogaerts enter the series in Arlington with three errors in 2016 and nearly tripled his total by the end of the three-game set.
Furthermore, both of his errors turned into runs in innings where the Rangers scored more than one run – with the most recent coming in the sixth inning Sunday.
“Yeah, he’s tired,” John Farrell said following the 6-2 loss. “He needs a day. There’s no other way to put it.”
Bogaerts also had one of his worst series at the plate -- resulting in the shortstop falling behind José Altuve for best batting average. He finished 2-for-12 with both hits being singles -- just when Bogaerts was starting to show signs of power.
No reason for concern -- in this department -- but he should get Monday off against Tampa Bay.
3) Bryce Brentz could be a helpful piece down the road
With Red Sox bench players dropping like flies, Brentz showed he could be a viable option in the series.
The left fielder went 4-for-11 in the series with his first career homerun in his final at-bat Sunday.
The Red Sox have had help from Marco Hernandez and Sandy Leon of late, with Chris Young, Josh Rutledge and Ryan Hanigan been sidelined from injuries recently. Super-utility man Brock Holt is due back soon -- but his role could change from being the everyday starting leftfielder once he returns.
With Young out, Brentz can provide another bat from the outfield if he keeps up the level of play he brought in Texas. And hamstrings are always tricky -- so Brentz finally has an opportunity to stay with Boston for a while.