21 Jun 2016
To quote Comic Book Guy, last night was the worst loss ever.
At least as far as regular season games go. Bases loaded, no one out in the bottom of the 9th. How did the Red Sox mess this up? John Farrell found a way. First, he pinch hit Dustin Pedroia for Travis Shaw. Shaw would have been going against a lefty, so I have no major beef with this move, except that Christian Vazquez was on deck and he has been a complete disaster at the plate for the past several weeks. Why not let Shaw have a crack at it and pinch hit for Vazquez instead? Both Shaw and Vazquez have been struggling but Shaw is the better hitter.
Pedroia struck out, Vazquez hit a fielder’s choice to the catcher. Next, Farrell pinch hit for Marco Hernandez with a guy making his major league debut in Ryan LaMarre. Nothing against LaMarre, but when your first major league at bat is with the bases loaded and 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, there is a fair chance you’ve never been more nervous. And nervous he was. First pitch, foul. Second pitch, swing and a miss and a miss by 1 foot, a very weak and nervous swing. Third pitch, swing and a miss, inning over.
Craig Kimbrel coughed it up in the top of the 10th and the Red Sox went on to lose 3-1. This was a crushing loss. If any one of those 3 had a hit, I probably wouldn’t be writing about but a manager’s job is to improve the odds and put people in positions they can succeed. LaMarre was in way over his head and that blame falls on Farrell.
We’ll see how the Red Sox recover from this one.