At SB Nation Dallas, a look at how Joe Nathan's late command issues killed Texas against Boston:
With two outs in the top of the ninth and the score tied 1-1, the Boston Red Sox won the game with a walk from their No. 7 hitter (LF David Nava), a walk from their No. 8 hitter (C Jarrod Saltalamacchia) and a bloop single from their No. 9 hitter (SS Mike Aviles) that snuck over the out-stretched glove of Elvis Andrus.
No closer, not even Mariano Rivera, is perfect, but that's not how you want a high-priced veteran like Joe Nathan to lose a game. Nathan never found his command, throwing only 14 of his 29 pitches for strikes in the ninth.
In a game where the two teams combined to go for 1-11 with runners in scoring position, the unlikely hero was a slap-hitting shortstop hitting .260/.283/.407 on the season.