Yet Another Bullpen Meltdown Leads To A 4-3 Sox Loss
Championship-caliber teams do not let games like this happen—particularly not over and over again. The Red Sox bullpen let another near-certain victory slip away—collapsing in the eighth-inning of an eventual 4-3 loss to the Tigers. Ahead 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, manager John Farrell brought in Junichi Tazawa—who has been a train wreck for weeks. True to form, he coughed up three earned runs, giving the lead back to the Tigers. Wasted was another fine start by Clay Buchholz (6 IP, 1 ER) and another clutch HR by Sandy 'Babe' Leon. Detroit's first run of the game came in after a controversial review that resulted in usually mild-mannered Sox third-base coach Brian Butterfield being ejected from the game. Anyway, flush this one right down the toilet, Sox fans—it could really stick in our craw on the final day of the regular season (if you catch our drift).