Re: Why did we lose, let me count the ways......
posted at 10/8/2013 1:49 PM EDT
Much ado about nothing.
Walking Longoria would have allowed Buch to walk Myers (which he did anyway) and give a two run single to Zobrist, which would have tied the score. The problem in the 5th was Buch was tired, but no one was available in the bullpen, so Farrell had a tough decision on whether to pitch to Longoria. I think the Rays tie the game either way--a dinger to Longoria or a walk, a walk, and a single.
Napoli had a tough choice on that grounder. He was going toward 1B when he grabbed the ball, so thowing home was going to be dicey. If his throw is late, the run still scores, the bases are loaded, and the Rays only have one out. A big inning was possible.
The collision in the 8th inning was one of those things, plus I'm not sure Drew gets an out anyway.
Pinch-running for Ortiz was the right move because it put a man on 2B with nobody out in a tie game in the 7th inning.
The Sox had two runners, Ellsbury and Berry, tagged out but called safe as was evident from the replays. Both of them scored runs. That kind of balances what I thought were strike/ball calls that favored Tampa.
The proximate cause of the defeat was the Uehara gopher ball to Lobaton, a huge surprise to everyone. Without that dinger, the Sox go to the 10th with two long relievers, Dempster and Doubront, left in the bullpen and a decent lineup. But the Sox were a little lucky to get two of the four runs.
I thought it was a very exciting game. I hated the outcome, but was riveted for roughly almost 4 hours. I thought the Sox played extremely well in all three games. Was it last night when Napoli grabbed a liner and found Drew, who had started in the deep SS position, about to cross 2B for a double play? Very head play by both players. Given what Pedroia brings to the defense, tripping occasionally is entirely forgiveable. Ditto Napoli on that non-throw home or the bunt which became a Rays single. He has played a solid 1B this year.
And this. Why is it always obligatory to give absolutely no credit to the other team when the Sox lose? That is, why is it always the fault of the Sox players and/or manager?
Note to RSN: the Sox lost 2 out of every 5 games this season, and in the second half of the season the Rays played our guys tough, to say nothing of winning two wild card games to get to the ALDS. In the ALDS to date, the Sox win by 10 and then by 3, but lose by 1 and are instantly a bunch of stupid stumblebums.