Alex Cora: Red Sox loss to Rangers was “embarrassing”
It wasn’t just that the Boston Red Sox fell to one of the worst teams in the league on Saturday. It was how neglected and lifeless they looked while doing it.
Saturday’s 10-1 loss to the Texas Rangers, who are 43-80 this season, marked Boston’s fourth loss in their last five games. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits before being relieved by Hirokazu Sawamura.
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Things didn’t improve from there. The Red Sox offense managed to score just one run against Rangers starter Jordan Lyles, who has allowed the second-most home run in MLB this season (31). The defense made five laughable mistakes.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora was not shy about discussing the miserable performance.
“The word is embarrassing,” Cora told reporters after the game. “And it starts with me. Five mistakes, we didn’t run well, we didn’t put in good hitters. We didn’t pitch. In this thing, it’s a team effort, it starts with us, it starts with the coaches to continue to coach. We’ve been playing sloppy ball for a while and they continue to do so. So at some point we also have to be responsible.
“It was embarrassing today. It’s not acceptable. For a team fighting for the playoffs to come up like that and play like that, that’s not acceptable. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose the match, it’s how you win or lose the match and it’s not acceptable.
Cora didn’t mince words when talking about Rodriguez’s performance, either.
“There isn’t much to say about him,” Cora said. “He wasn’t able to sideline people. He didn’t give us enough innings for us to win the game.
With Saturday’s loss, the Red Sox continue to see their playoff hopes fade. They currently sit third in the American League East, behind the Tampa Bay Rays by 6.5 games. If the season ended today, they would miss the playoffs and the New York Yankees would host the Oakland Athletics in the wild card game.
Boston has 37 games left on their regular season schedule, so they’re running out of time to turn things around. Monday’s final against the Rangers, followed by a series against the lowly Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, will be decisive.