Re: Game Thread 83: Blue Jays at Red Sox
posted at 6/30/2013 9:32 AM EDT
A lot of silliness in game threads, and this one is no exception.
Boston didn't lose this game as much as Toronto won. Their starter was just lights out with a good variety of pitches and pinpoint control, constantly hitting the corners. That's why, for example, Victorino, no slouch as a base runner, got the go ahead to score from 2B on a single with nobody out, Ortiz coming to bat, and a pretty good arm, Bautista, at the other end of the single. I too was unhappy at the moment, but Bautista did in fact make an incredible throw, no bounces, and right on home plate a little below waist high. At that point I think it was a reasonable assumption Ortiz would make another out, not get the single he did get, and that Napoli would strike out again and that Nava wouldn't get a hit. Why? Because that is what had happened all game long until that point. This was a good time to force the issue, especially with a fast baserunner who could only the thrown out by a great throw.
The Sox still tied the game against the bullpen in the 7th inning, but this time the bullpen couldn't hold back the Jays. It happens.
The Sox came into this series knowing they could not use either of their two best starters, Buchholz on the DL or Lackey who pitched Wednesday and won't go again until Monday. Most sensible people were hoping for the Sox to split even though all games would be at Fenway.
But the Sox have already taken 2 of 3 against what was the hottest team in the AL, a team many thought before the season would win the AL East and a team that very recently swept the Orioles at Camden Yards and help keep the Sox in first place in the AL East.
In the first two games the Sox beat down the starters, but not so much the bullpen of the Jays, and yesterday the reverse happened, although really only against the one reliever, Oliver.
I too was unhappy with the sacrifice bunt that failed, but it wasn't that bad of a bunt (by Diaz playing in his first MLB game ever) and the 42 year old Oliver made a great barehanded grab and perfect throw home.
Doubront pitched I thought a heckuva game and gave up 2 runs in 6.1 innings. Well done--unless of course you are being scrutinized by some of the "fans" on OTFB, in which case you are a dud with anything less than a shutout.