Saturday, May 16, 2015

Seattle Mariners 2, John Farrell 1

(AP Photo)
If there were such things as "good losses", this could be one of them. Despite a crushing 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Mariners, Clay Buchholz turned in his best performance of 2015—eight innings, one earned run, eleven strikeouts and no walks. But, it was his manager John Farrell who handed this game to Seattle. With two outs and a man on second in the ninth inning, Farrell let Junichi Tazawa pitch to the leading hitter in the American League, Nelson Cruz. A few pitches later, the game was over. Said Farrell, "That's a terrible decision on my part. I own that one. We had a base open. We saw Cruz's first three at-bats he was chasing some off-speeds below the zone. He was 1 for 8 against Taz previously. It didn't work out. That's a horrible decision on my part." Bad managing, No biscuit.