Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cespedes Delivers Blown Win As Sox Top Jays

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The Red Sox are having such a bizarre year, they should invent stats just to apply to their situation. A case in point was last night's game in America Lite. Leading 3-0 with one out in the ninth, Clay Buchholz (named 'most disappointing' in our FN Poll) loaded the bases. On comes Koji Uehara for the easy save, right? Maybe last year. Uehara coughed up his fourth blown save of the year. Then Boston pushed across the lead (and eventual winning) run in the 10th—and Uehara gets the 4-3 win. Blown Win, right? New stat! The key offensive blows in this game were: a two-run HR by Dustin Pedroia, a solo blast by Mookie Betts and the game-winning single by Yoenis Cespedes in the 10th (preceded by two stolen bases by Brock 'Babe' Holt). Buchholz was magnificent until the ninth—ending up with a no-decision by going 8.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on just four hits. The Valentine Magic Number is now reduced to 13.