So ... anyone know how the other split squad did today?Mariners - 003 000 000 - 3 9 0
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 5 0
Tito puts out the JV lineup, holds his pinch-hitters until after they can help, and wastes what turns out to be a pretty decent complete game from Tim Wakefield.
Why do Mark Loretta and Mike Lowell both need the day off? And why give them some rest (after only 10 games) on the same afternoon Jason Varitek has the day off? It makes no sense. Plus Francona moves Kevin Youkilis out of the leadoff spot and writes in Adam Stern and Alex Cora (?!) at the top of the lineup.
In the bottom of the 8th, down by three and with two men on, Francona lets Stern (who was over-matched and looked pathetic all day long) and Cora make feeble outs to end a potential rally. Tito did send up Loretta and Varitek in the 9th, but then he allowed Alex Gonzalez to make the final out on a dismal afternoon.
I had been thinking last night how nice Francona's moves had been this year, both in the lineup and the bullpen. I hadn't had any complaints at all. Well, that has changed. I don't expect his post-game comments to shed much light on the matter, but it sure seems like Francona threw up the white flag on this one.
Previews: Seattle / Boston.