Saturday, September 15, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 148 Recap


Press PassBox Score Play - by - PlayGame Recap
New York 0 00 1 0 1 0 6 0 8 12 2
Boston 0 113 0 2 0 0 0 7 13 2
W: B. Bruney (3-1) L: J. Papelbon (1-3) S: M. Rivera (27)
HR ➢ NYY: J. Giambi (14), R. Cano (17)

☼ Sun - A. Rodriguez - The go ahead run scores on his single.
☁ Cloud - Francona - Misuse of the bullpen from the seventh on.

Game thoughts!

The Sox jump out to the lead in the second, added a run in third, gave up a run in the fourth and then increased the lead in the bottom of the fourth. When the score is 5-1 your favor after four, you should not lose that game (unless you are Baltimore or Tampa Bay).

If a 5-1 lead should be safe then 7-2 should be even more safe, but on Friday night Mr. Terry Francona found a way to blow the lead and the game. Now you can argue that Terry followed his plan and that Okajima and Papelbon blew the lead but that would not be correct. He made two critical mistakes in his bullpen management.

The first mistake was in the seventh inning. After Lopez started the inning with two outs he allowed a walk to J. Posada, remember the lead is 7-2, so why bring Okajima right then to face Matsui? Last time I looked Lopez is a left handed pitcher? Didn't make sense when he did it, and doesn't make sense now.

Second mistake was having Okajima start the eighth with only Papelbon warming up. What happened with Gagne or MDC, you can't expect Papelbon to get you six outs? Idiotic in my opinion, absolutely idiotic. Six runs later and still no outs and now you have a tired Okajima and a tired Papelbon that you probably won't go to for Saturday's (today) game.


Player watch:
Lugo 1/5 .241
Crisp pr
Drew 2/5 .264

♊ - Morbid and creepifing I can handle as long as we do it quiet like.

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