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Red Sox Game 89 recap: God damn it.

Highest WPA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, .198 (2-4, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 2B)
Lowest WPA:  Koji Uehara, -.456 (1/3 IP, 2 H, K)

Well, I’ll say it: it’s a bad night to be an atheist.

Renowned substance-abuser-turned-Christian-turned-substance-abusing-Christian Josh Hamilton capped off an impressive Angels comeback victory with a walkoff homer against Craig Breslow. The Sox’ inferior lefty reliever was presumably still in the game thanks to an injury to Andrew Miller that threw all relief plans out the window and forced Alex Wilson to pitch in a close game.

If there’s a silver lining here – I don’t feel like looking hard for one – it’s the fact that Andrew Bailey looked to be back on track, throwing 15 of 17 pitches for strikes while recording 5 outs and no fly balls.

Even so, the bullpen as a whole was terrible tonight, and once again showed that Ben Cherington has to find some pitching help if he wants this team to stick around. I’m still terrified that Uehara’s bad night could be used as motivation to find a new “closer,” rather than the best reliever(s) possible; on the flipside, maybe Miller’s injury makes them look at other lefties and inadvertently avoid Kevin Gregg. But again, the only clear thing tonight is that the Boston bullpen cannot keep relying on Wilson and Breslow in close games.

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