June 21, 2014

G75: Athletics 2, Red Sox 1 (10)

Red Sox   - 000 000 010 0 - 1  7  0
Athletics - 001 000 000 1 - 2  6  0
It's a tie game and manager John Farrell has an important decision to make. Which pitcher to bring in to start the bottom of the 10th inning, an inning in which it is absolutely essential that the A's do not score: (A) Edward Mujica or (B) Koji Uehara?
              ERA   OPP OBP
(A) Mujica   5.81     .339
(B) Uehara   0.83     .191
Farrell chooses (A).

Mujica promptly walks the leadoff batter, Alberto Callapso, on five pitches. Nick Punto wants to bunt, but Mujica cannot find the plate with his first three pitches. Finally, Mujica throws a buntable pitch and Punto lays it down. Mike Napoli comes in from first, looks towards second, but throws to Dustin Pedroia covering the bag for the out. The A's have the potential winning run at second base.

And now Farrell decides to do what he should have done at the start of the inning: he brings in his best relief pitcher.

Uehara throws only one pitch. Coco Crisp lines it into right field. Brock Holt moves to his left and charges the ball, but his throw to the plate is late, and Callaspo slides across with the winning run.

The Red Sox - whose bats continue to be MIA - have now lost 17 one-run games. That's the most/worst in the American League.
Rubby De La Rosa / Jesse Chavez
Holt, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, LF
Pierzynski, C
Drew, SS
Herrera, 3B
Bradley, CF

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