The 11-inning defeat was the first truly infuriating loss of the young season. For some reason, Terry Francona's brain left the game early, and he lapsed back into the kind of manager we laugh about, saving his best pitcher for a "save" situation that might never materialize because he's content to rely on unreliable arms in the meantime.
We asked a lot of a lot of people. You get into extra innings, and we had our chances, and we couldn't shove a run across so we could go to Pap.The Red Sox are a modern team and their decisions are based on progressive ideas. So it's doubly maddening when their manager harkens back to the old days when teams did things because of their gut or tradition, rather than common sense.
When the game was on the line in the bottom of the 9th inning, Tito kept his best weapon holstered, and entrusted the game to a guy who Boston put on waivers last week and who went unclaimed by all 29 other teams. Lopez helped Corey escape his mess in the 9th, but Francona did not learn his lesson, staying with Lopez in the 10th and bringing Timlin back out for the 11th, a second inning of work for the fading righty, who allowed a single, stolen base, walk, and game-winning single.
Papelbon should be well rested for tonight's game, if he's needed.