John Farrell’s Decision To Bunt Twice Hurts Sox’ Chances In Loss To Blue Jays

May 21, 2014 2:46 PM
John Farrell’s Decision To Bunt Twice Hurts Sox’ Chances In Loss To Blue Jays
" BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox lost on Tuesday night due to a multitude of reasons. Felix Doubront, their starting pitcher, got knocked around the ballpark before leaving early with shoulder pain. Edward Mujica, the first man out of the pen, pitched even worse, surrendering a pair of dingers in 1 2/3 innings. The Sox had 12 hits but left nine men on base. Xander Bogaerts hit a laser that could have been a two-run double but instead was an inning-ending double play. The list goes on.

So there’s no one reason that the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays. But there’s one thing that certainly hurt their chances, and that’s the manager’s curious decision to call for a pair of bunts.

The first came in the sixth inning, with the Sox trailing 7-4 but storming down the comeback trail. Jonny Gomes had hit a two-run homer, and Dustin McGowan entered from the bullpen to give up two straight singles to Bogaerts and Brock Holt. With the reliever somewhat on the ropes and with a rally mounting, Farrell called for catcher David Ross to bunt "

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