Isn't it terrible that we are starting to expect terrible in-game decisions by manager John Farrell? I wonder if the Cubs feel like that with Joe Maddon? After a masterful performance by Steven Wright in which he allowed only one unearned run in nine innings, John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. With Travis Shaw up to bat, Farrell elected to pinch hit Dustin Pedroia, who had the day off for rest. Pedroia would put together a good at bat, but would ultimately strike out. Questionable decision #1.
With one out, Farrell now elected to let Christian Vazquez hit. Again, a Red Sox hitter put together a good at bat, and Vazquez actually got good wood on the ball, hitting a ball straight up the middle. Unfortunately, the White Sox were playing with five infielders, and the runner was thrown out at home. Questionable decision #2.
With two outs and the bases loaded, John Farrell decided it would be a good idea to pinch hit Ryan LaMarre, who has 26 major league at bats. LaMarre looked foolish at the plate and struck out. Big surprise. Questionable decision #3.
At this point in the game, the Red Sox deserved to lose this game. Nonetheless, the White Sox are not a good team and the Red Sox could still find a way to win this ballgame. Well, the skipper decided to strut Craig Kimbrel out for the top of the 10th, who has pitched in three straight games. From the first pitch, you could see that Kimbrel was not comfortable on the mound for some reason, as he was pulling all of his pitches left. Whether is was fatigue or just not having it on a given night, Kimbrel surrendered the go-ahead runs and was immediately pulled from this game. Questionable decision #4.
Do you notice a trend here? Sure, the offense can be blamed for not driving in a runner on third with no men out, Craig Kimbrel can be blamed for not executing his pitches, and even Christian Vazquez can be blamed for his pitch calling behind the plate in regards to Craig Kimbrel, but I am getting tired of the Red Sox losing ball games because John Farrell does not know how to manage games. Again, this loss is not entirely his fault, hell, the Red Sox could have won in spite of Farrell, but shouldn't the manager help you win ball games, not lose them?