All through the 9th inning of the Red Sox first game of their double header, I was yelling at my MLB.com app.
Virtually every move John Farrell made, I didn’t like.
Pinch hitting for Stephen Drew in the 9th, especially if it meant taking his glove away in extra innings. And Drew had homered earlier in the day.
Gomes singled. Farrell’s move worked.
Then I thought they should pinch run for Gomes with Jonathan Herrera. Why not? If he was going to come in anyway, why not have his wheels on the basepaths? Didn’t happen.
Then David Ross squared to bunt. I didn’t want him to bunt. I let my MLB.com app know that. The bunt was successful.
Then Farrell pinch hit for Jackie Bradley Jr, who had 2 hits in the game. The pinch hitter? Herrera. Why use him as a pinch HITTER?
He singled home Gomes.
All the moves I objected to worked and the Red Sox walked off to a 3-2 bottom of the 9th win.
I guess that’s why Farrell is a big league manager and I write a blog and do a podcast.
Sox lost the night cap while the Giants and A’s won thrillers.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Blue Jays took an early lead but Josh Donaldson homered and made some amazing plays in the field to come back and win 5-1. DODGED BULLET
34 Dodged Bullets 26 Teeth Grinders
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Another low scoring game for the Giants seemed to doom starter Tim Hudson. But Michael Morse homered to tie the game in the 9th and Brandon Belt homered in the 10th, giving San Francisco a 5-3 win against the Padres. DODGED BULLET
34 Dodged Bullets 28 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 6
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Red Sox walked off a 3-2 winner in the opening game of the double header. But the Orioles came from behind to win the nightcap 7-4 despite 11 strikeouts from John Lackey. DODGED BULLET AND TEETH GRINDER
29 Dodged Bullets 35 Teeth Grinders
So Mr. Farrell, please don’t EVER listen to me.