Wow that was the worst inning of baseball I've ever watched.
Casey Janssen looked like the Casey Janssen we know and love, during his perfect 10th. Then came the awful 11th. He gave up a leadoff single to Mookie Betts, then a bunt that Janssen fielded nicely and went to second with it, he got the out call from the second base ump (how different would that inning be without replay) but the Sox challenged and they got the call right. Next bunt, Casey blew the play and bases were loaded. Then Pedroia singled through the drawn in infield and 2 runs scored and that was pretty much all the Sox really needed, but...
Sergio Santos came in to mop up and well....he set a new standard in awful.Steve Tolleson got the last 2 outs of the 11th. In all, 7 runs in the 11th. 5 hits, 2 home runs allowed, 2 bad plays by Casey and 2 outs from Tollesson. I'm sure I haven't seen Janssen blow two plays in a row ever before. I didn't think Gibby would send Casey out for a second inning but there was no reason to think anything that awful would happen.
R.A. Dickey had a bad first inning. He struck out leadoff hitter Brock Holt but strike three got by catcher Josh Thole and Holt was safe at first (one of the strange rules of baseball). Dustin Pedroia followed with a home run. A Mike Napoli single and Allen Craig walk, set up up a Will Middlebrooks double that scored Napoli but Craig was out at the plate, thankfully ending the inning with us down 3-0 before we had a chance to bat. With out the passed ball on the third strike, we could have been spared that 11th inning.
After that, Dickey was great. In all, 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, just 1 earned, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.That's the Dickey we'd like to see every time out there.
Our pen did a good job, until Casey's second inning of work, well other than Dustin McGowan they did. Dustin had trouble, giving up 2 hits and a walk, while just getting one out. To be fair, one of the hits was something that Reyes should have gotten too. his lack of range hurts us. Thankfully Brett Cecil did a great job of getting us out of trouble, with 2 beautiful strikeouts. I thought Cecil should have pitched the 8th but, Aaron Loup went 1.1 scoreless. Aaron Sanchez came in with 1 on and 1 out and picked up Loup.
After going down by three in the first, we got back in the game a run at a time. We got a run in the:
- 3rd. Munenori Kawasaki singled and Jose Reyes doubled to start the inning, but we were only able to score one, on a Melky Cabrera ground out. We should have had more. but fly outs from Jose Bautista and Adam Lind came up short.
- 4th. One out walks to Juan Francisco and Josh Thole were followed by a 2 out single by Kawasaki to score Francisco. Again, we likely should have scored more.
- 5th. A Cabrera single and Lind double, gave us runners on 2nd and 3rd, and an Edwin Encarnacion ground out scored Cabrera. Again....should have been more but we tied things.
- 7th. After the Red Sox got a run to get ahead again in the top of the inning, Bautista hit a solo homer to tie things again. Bautista had been just missing all game, it was good to see him get one.
And it stayed tied till that terrible 11th inning.
Honestly, we should have won it before that awful inning.
Jays of the Day are Lind (.175 WPA), Kawasaki (.150), Sanchez (.143). Loup (.111) and Cecil (.097). I'm giving Tollesson a JoD for the 2 outs and the hit in the bottom of the inning.
Suckage: Janssen (-.307), McGowan (-.227), Reyes (-.136), Encarnacion (-.141), Navarro (-.115).
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