August 15, 2009
Down 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, David Ortiz ignited the six-run rally inning as Boston eventually won 8-4.
The key hit of the game came with Victor Martinez at the plate with Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia on base, down 4-3. After being down in the count, 1-2, Martinez worked it to 2-2 and finally found his pitch and notched a line drive double to put the Sox up 5-4.
But what happened before VMart's heroics?
Clay Buchholz, who pinch ran for Jason Varitek, was gunned down at home plate for the second out in the inning.
Yes, Clay Buchholz.
Terry Francona wanted to put a faster man on the base paths, which is understandable, but putting a pitcher there who has no experience judging where the ball is, how good of an arm the outfielder has, and making break fast decisions, makes one to scratch their head.
Now lets just say Martinez committed the third out? That's the ball game and Boston would have lost 4-3 and guess what? The top story Saturday morning in all of the newspapers and online blogs would have been, "Why did Francona put Buchholz in to pinch run?"
Buchholz was clearly confused. He had no clue where the baseball was and he had no clue if David Murphy caught it so he had to pivot in between second and third base. This cost him home plate and the tying run.
So instead of the media bashing on Francona, instead they are bashing on the Rangers for blowing a lead and falling behind in the American League Wild Card race.
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