In 2013, it seemed like everything Red Sox Manager John Farrell touched turned to gold. 2014 hasn’t nearly been the same, and Wednesday night’s loss to the Blue Jays was no different.
Joe Kelly and the Red Sox were up 2-1 in the 7th in Toronto when Edwin Encarnacion hit a lead off double on Kelly’s 86th pitch. Farrell had seen enough. Instead of letting the former Cardinal to work his way through the inning, Farrell called in lefty reliever Tommy Layne to face switch hitting Dioner Navarro. After a base hit, Farrell opted to make another pitching change — this time for Junichi Tazawa.
Tazawa, whose career ERA against the Blue Jays is now 6.87 with 7 home runs, allowed the fairly predictable to happen: a three-run pitch hit home run off the bat of Danny Valencia. Continue reading John Farrell’s Second Season Unlike his First »