Friday, June 21, 2013

Bailey Melts Down Again; Red Sox Lose, 4-3

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This time, Andrew Bailey didn't even record an out. With the Red Sox leading 3-2, Bailey walked the lead-off hitter and then gave up the game-winning two-run HR. Tigers win , 4-3. Game. Set. Match. New Closer. Manager John Farrell confirmed the switch after the game, "We're going to back him out of there right now and try to get him fixed, so we'll look at some other internal options to close. His velocity hasn't come back since the DL stint, and although he says he feels fine, the results obviously aren't there.'' After leading 2-0, John Lackey gave up the tying runs in the fifth in an otherwise brilliantly pitched game. Lackey went seven innings, giving up just those two runs and striking our five. David Ortiz homered early and then gave Boston a 3-2 lead with a single in the top of the 8th. Bailey suffered his fourth blown save, while his ERA shot up to 4.03. Bad loss. No biscuit.