- Coco's catch? Game-saving.
- Youk's steal of second to get into a position to score the tying run on J.D. Drew's single to right? Heads-up.
- Mike Lowell's RBI single? Clutch.
- Pedroia's seven straight two-strike foul balls against Gagné? Gutsy.
- Pedroia's home run after the seven foul balls? Cora-esque. Game-winning.
- Tavarez rolling the ball to Youkilis for an out in the fourth? Best play I've seen all season.
But the Rangers (18-32) seemed to understand they were being shown up, and they responded angrily with a four-run sixth that knocked Tavarez out of the game.is bullshit. The Rangers weren't being "shown up" by Tavarez - this was, to coin a phrase, just Julian being Julian. I can understand them being a little taken aback by the play, but it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing.
In the interests of a fair trial, I would also like to point out the following:
- The Rangers are currently 18-32, with the 29th-best record in the major leagues;
- They allowed Kevin Youkilis (he of the six career stolen bases) to steal second, unchallenged, and get into a position to tie the game;
- Their right-fielder threw to the wrong guy on J.D. Drew's single, allowing him to get into a position to score the go-ahead run.
The defense rests its case, your honour.
Obsessive Anal-Retentive Game Counter: 43