I wasn't in a good position to make the throw. He caught me off-guard. That's on me. The throw wasn't all that bad, but if I was able to get behind it, he would have been out or it would have been closer.Scutaro:
I knew the ball wasn't gone, but was kind of deep enough to try to take an extra base. It was one of those plays where it's do or die. ... [I]t's one of those plays where if you make it, everyone's happy. If you don't make it, a lot of people are going to be mad.With two outs, first base was now open, so the Rangers walked Dustin Pedroia intentionally, bringing Kevin Youkilis to the plate.
Mike Lowell, on Scutaro's alertness and hustle:
Those are the little things that I don't think you can see in the box score, ever.The "things that don't show up in the box score" has been a pet peeve of mine for awhile. For one reason, they are doing amazing things with box scores these days. And Scutaro's play *is* measured. And although he got 90 feet closer to home plate, the entire play - because of the increase in outs from one to two - dropped the Red Sox's chances of winning the game from 64.9% to 61.7%.
However, that decrease is likely charged to Drew's WPA. But Scutaro's play must be measured somehow. Maybe in the difference in the likelihood of scoring a run with a guy on first and two outs versus a guy on second with two outs? I'm going to try to find out.
* Post title lifted from Ian Browne
The last time the Red Sox had back-to-back walkoff wins was in early 2008: April 29 (1-0; Yook single off Halladay) and April 30 (2-1; Varitek single), against Toronto.
The Boston bullpen has a 18.2 consecutive scoreless inning streak. Manny Delcarmen has some velocity back, hitting 95 regularly. Daniel Bard's slider looked especially nasty last night.
Darnell McDonald is the first Red Sox player to homer in his first two games with the team since Sam Horn (July 25-26, 1987). Good article on McDonald here.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's line for Pawtucket last night: 5.2-6-4-0-8, 99; one run was unearned. Dice has made three starts for the PawSox: 16.1 innings, 11 hits, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts, 4 runs/3 earned.