After going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday night and leaving four men on base - including three in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez took full responsibility after a 4-2 loss to the A's that dropped the Red Sox to 11-13 on the season. The game ended appropriately, with Gonzalez grounding out to third, representing the tying run at the plate.
"This game was all on me," said Gonzalez, who is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'll make a definite point to not let that happen again."
After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he thought Gonzalez looked "tired" at the plate after playing in all 24 games so far for the Red Sox. Gonzalez disputed that.
"Not at all, not at all," Gonzalez said. "I feel great. It's one of those things that it was two at-bats I should've come through at least one of those times and I wasn't able to. I feel great physically. I'm not tired at all. I just didn't come through. It won't happen again."
With the bases loaded and two outs and the Red Sox down just three runs in the seventh, Gonzalez fouled an 81 MPH slider in to the catcher's mitt for strike three to end the rally. With Dustin Pedroia at second base in the ninth, following an RBI double, Gonzalez grounded weakly to third to end the game.
"I'm just a click off in the timing department, just a little late on fastballs, a little early on offspeed pitches. It happens but we have a big series coming up with Baltimore. I'll be sure to be right then."