Sunday, December 8, 2013
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game that Craig Breslow probably wishes he didn’t try to make that that throw to third base.
The throw, which was trying to nab a runner attempting to advance from second base, sailed out of Breslow’s hands, allowing that runner to score the winning run in the seventh inning, in St. Louis’ 4-2 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, in Game 2 of the World Series.
But Breslow thought he should have thrown the ball - just more accurately.
“I looked up and felt I had a play at third. I obviously didn’t make the throw (well). But looking back I still felt it was the right play. I just didn’t make the play.” he said.
Breslow was disappointed in the throw. But he was more concerned with other areas, like his pitching command. After allowing a double steal, Breslow walked No. 9 hitter Daniel Descalso to load the bases.
“Probably got a little ahead of myself,” Breslow said. “Wanted to pound the ball down and away and then sink the ball in. The approach changed a little bit once they executed the double steal, with runners on second and third with less than two outs.
“ A strikeout would have been the best outcome. Threw a couple of breaking balls and again didn’t execute pitches.”
About the double steal, Breslow said, “I knew they had some guys on base who had some speed. Did what I could to disrupt timing. I gave Salty (catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia) a pretty tough pitch to handle.
“I need to do a better job holding them. Second and third with less than two outs changes the whole inning.”
Then came the sacrifice fly. An error by Saltalamacchia in fielding the throw from the outfield, and then Breslow’s error trying to throw out another runner. Still, the score was only 3-2. Then Carlos Beltran singled in a run for a 4-2 lead.
“No one wants an inning to unravel like that,” Breslow said. “Given the way we’re able to swing the bats, limiting the damage is as important as preventing.
“Once they score the third run, I need to do a better job of preventing the fourth run. I didn’t do it. More times than not, I do. I’d like to think the next time I can.”
And thus Breslow waits for the next time. Until then, he goes over his Thursday performance again and again.
“I liked to think the outcome of the inning would be better if I execute pitches.
“I feel like, in its simplest for, I did not make pitches tonight. And I have not made pitches in other situations. I need to be aware what my shortcomings were to make sure I can move forward from it.
For the most part, I was excited. First time I was out there (in a World Series). It can be incredibly simple. Got a chance to make pitches and I didn’t. Have to get myself ready to pitch in two days.”
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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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