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October 27, 2013

This loss is on Farrell

John Farrell pulled a Bobby Valentine and suffered a brain freeze last night.

Why was reliever Brandon Workman batting in the top of the ninth with one out?

It’s inexcusable.

This loss is on Farrell.

The Boston Red Sox dropped Game 3 of the World Series 5-4 without Farrell even using his best hitter on the bench, Mike Napoli, and his best defensive catcher, David Ross.

Instead, Workman struck out on three pitches in the ninth, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a wide throw down to third base that resulted in an obstruction call on third baseman Will Middlebrooks that allowed the winning run to score.

Game 4 is tonight at 8:07 p.m. at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium in what is pretty much a must-win for Boston or else this Red Sox team will fall down 3-1 in the best of seven series. Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz starts against Cardinals righty Lance Lynn.

Farrell kept Workman — who had never before recorded a professional at-bat — to bat against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal. But why? Workman faced just two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was relieved by Koji Uehara.

Farrell seemed to be playing to win the game in the 10th inning but the game never got that far. You have to play to win before you lose. Farrell didn’t do that last night and Boston is in a 2-1 hole because of it.

Does this remind you of anything?

How about Aug. 20 when Farrell brought in Brayan Villarreal to make his Red Sox debut with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning in San Francisco. Villarreal had control problems all year and threw four straight balls to Marco Scutaro. The Giants walked off with a victory and Farrell never used his best reliever, Uehara.

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