Tampa Blows It

Who knew Tampa and Cleveland have something in common? And they might have two things in common come Sunday.

When you're up 3-1 in the series, and 7-0 in the seventh inning, you're pretty much assured a victory, but the one thing you don't do is to let a team like Boston get a foot in the door. So when the they scored the first run last night with seven outs remaining in the game, that should have been as grave a warning as Paul Revere's was. The Red Sox are coming!

One of the things I constantly gripe about with my Diamondbacks is that when you have a guy pitch a great eighth, why do you pull him in the ninth? I mean, I know why, but why are these idiot managers so rigid? At least let your setup guy pitch to the first batter. If he gives up a hit or a walk, then bring in the closer. But no, that's not how baseball works…

Except remember when the closer used to work as much as three innings?

Last night, when it was then 7-1 Tampa, it was time to get really serious, really fast. There's just no excuse for letting it slip away. OK, maybe there is, but we won't know in this case because Tampa's manager pulled a Melvin. When Boston got their second hit in the seventh and the lead runner had to stop at third with two outs and no runs had yet scored, THAT was the time for a new pitcher. But like Bob Melvin, Tampa's manager waited until the damage was done.

And the rest is history.

I have no dog in the hunt, but Tampa beat Boston for the division title, and Boston has won a lot lately so Tampa is my sentimental favorite. And now they stand a very real chance of losing. Now Boston only has to concentrate on one game – tomorrow's. They are no longer burdened by Tampa's seemingly insurmountable lead.

As events unfolded last night, I said to my wife that if Boston won, they have the momentum, and that's no small deal. Suddenly Tampa's inexperience shows. They have risen to the occasion before, and they could very well again, but the League Championship Series isn't like winning the division title. This is far more intense. And I'll take Beckett over Shields anytime, no matter that Beckett has been awful lately. Luckily for the Rays they're playing in Tampa. If they were in Boston, I'd already be writing them off

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5 Responses to Tampa Blows It

  1. Jeff D says:

    I was at the game last night and let me tell you, no one in that park thought the Red Sox were coming back. The Rays had completely dominated them for two games and seven innings. After Pedroia knocked in a run and Crisp walked to bring up Ortiz, my friends and I began asking how you let a fastball-only pitcher pitch to Ortiz when you have a lefty warmed up (who, BTW, made Ortiz look silly in the ninth inning in striking him out) to face him. Maddon definitely blew that move and let the Sox have a chance, which they gladly jumped on.If Beckett is on tomorrow, I like the Sox chances with John Lester. At this point winning the Series would almost be gravy.

  2. TedWest says:

    Well, I envy you. That was really something. Tomorrow will be very interesting.
    I wonder how you and I could see it, but the manager couldn't? That's the sort of argument I get into with Melvin defenders here.

  3. Jeff D says:

    I have to say that no sporting event I've attended even comes close to last night. The fans were going absolutely bonkers (those who didn't bail out in the top of the seventh, that is.)I parked a few miles from Fenway and took the train in, but I ended up walking back to the car just to burn off some of that adrenaline so I could get to sleep when I got home.

  4. TedWest says:

    Hey, that pitch to Ortiz wasn't that bad – low and inside, I was surprised he hit it out. That's where fate or karma comes in. By that point, Tampa had blown it and derserved to go down.

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