Well, if everything went according to plan Saturday, that same plan blew up in everyone's face today.
Maybe it was the fact that it was the exact same plan?
Perhaps Koji has had a bit of a stretch of use lately. the early game wasn't really the same as giving him those two days between games. Whatever the reason, he wasn't himself.
But, is anyone worried about Koji having another inning where he walks to guys and hits another? Yeah, me neither. Is anyone concerned that Kimbrel is going to walk another batter with the bases loaded? Nope. Not really.
So, I think it's pretty easy to chalk today's loss, as annoying as it is, to a couple fluke things that happened to happen at the wrong time.
Which is unfortunate, because the rest of the game was just fantastic. For eight of the nine innings, everything was just rolling along. Clay Buchholz was the "Good Clay" pitching into the seventh inning. Hanley Ramirez is hitting, and driving in runs. There's so so so much more good about today;s game, that it's really too bad they lost. That would have been a good win to sit back on and ponder for a while.
Because while the bad stuff was flukish, you wouldn't think the good stuff is. Sure, Clay can be ff and on. But we all know he has talent. Is Vazquez the guy to harness it? We all know Hanley can hit. Is he starting to show that he not only "can" but "will"? Because if those things are both true, this will be a very good sign for the Red Sox.
And make a loss actually be a very good day.