Steady rain fell at Fenway all night, and they finally put the tarp on the field in the sixth inning. After a one-hour, 45-minute delay, they officially called the game. The Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs and Omar Infante due up. I’m sure they would have left them loaded. The final score was 4-1 in favor of the Red Sox.
Justin Verlander threw 35 pitches in the first inning, so you kind of got the feeling it was going to be a long night. He did get out of the first without giving up a run, and got through the second and third pretty easily. Then came the fourth where he lost control.
Two singles and a walk loaded the bases before a single by Pedro Ciriaco tied the game. Verlander then walked Jacoby Ellsbury to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Next up, Carl Crawford hit a chopper over Verlander and under Omar Infante’s bare hand for an error and two more runs. Ugh. Dustin Pedroia hit into a double play to end the inning.
What about the offense? Well, Josh Beckett started the game by retiring the first eight Tigers batters. In the top of the third he gave up a two out infield hit to Infante, then walked the next three, walking in a run, to give the Tigs a one run lead.
As soon as he threw the pitch that walked in the run, Beckett pointed to the trainers and then his lower back and was pulled from the game. He was booed heavily by Red Sox fans. I hope he goes golfing tomorrow.
Beckett was replaced by Clayton Mortensen who got Prince Fielder to fly out to Ellsbury in center. Another bases loaded opportunity wasted. Mortensen walked two in the fourth, but the Tigers left them stranded. Man, this is getting old.
Then came the sixth and the game called with the bases loaded for the Tigers. What if?
As if another quiet night for the Tiger’s bats and another loss isn’t frustrating enough, Justin Verlander’s streak of pitching six plus innings a start ends at 63. Jim Leyland says he was going to send him back out there in the bottom of the sixth, but they never got the chance.
I know a lot of Tiger’s fans are going to be mad that they called the game with the bases loaded and Verlander’s streak on the line, but hey, that’s baseball.
It was a strange night. This team needs to figure some things out; they are getting hard to watch.