We're getting into a situation where, at least with the open bases, we can maybe, we have some room to make some pitches. We back him into a bind, you've got Zobrist next. If you want to go all the way to the bases loaded, you're looking at a guy who's thrown 40 pitches. That's putting (Saito) in an unfair position. I wish the ball wouldn't have gone out. I don't think (walking him) would have been the right thing to do.I don't agree with the move -- I'd much rather have put the pressure on Zobrist. (Though I will say I fucking hated it when Francona's predecessor walked the bases loaded in similar situations. It almost never turned out well.) And Francona was sticking with Saito regardless; Buchholz would have come in to start the 14th.
A victory would have placed this game among the season's best. The way it turned out left one thinking there's only so many times you can walk the tightrope before you fall off. That the Red Sox were even playing baseball in the 13th was itself a minor miracle.