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Red Sox Game 100 recap: Worth the wait

Highest WPA: Mike Napoli, .317 (2-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Junichi Tazawa, -.143 (.2 IP, H, BB)
Highest BAC: Drake Britton, .152 (six-pack of Bud, “couple” of shots, totally fine to drive home)

My good friend and co-Punchcaster HulkaMatt tweeted at some point during this game that this was the first game all season that felt like a true Yankees/Red Sox game. I agreed with him, in the sense that it was the first game all season that saw both teams look like they would cruise to victory, only to have it turn into a long, drawn out nightmare filled with a feeling of impending doom until it finally ends, usually in defeat.

He said that was exactly what he meant, so I guess Yankee fans feel that way too.

This really looked, for all the world, like it was a losing effort from the get-go. When your starting pitcher commits a throwing error before recording an out, you just get the feeling that it’s going to be one of those nights. But the bats came back, and surged ahead, only to see the execrable Dempster and the few remaining decent non-Koji relievers give the lead away. John Farrell didn’t help matters any, refusing to hit for Jonny Gomes against righties, or Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew against lefties, or Jose Iglesias against pitchers. He seemed further intent on giving the game away when he lifted Koji Uehara after just 13 pitches, putting the game in the hands of Drake Britton and Pedro Beato.

Fortunately, the Yankee offense really is just completely terrible, and Joe Girardi was also running out of competent relievers. Being the visiting manager, Girardi was also handicapped by his “inability” to use Mariano Rivera; we’ve seen first-hand this season how that’s worked out. Eventually, a non-Rivera reliever made a bad pitch to Mike Napoli (who apparently has decided to be good again), and that was that. Thank goodness; if I had to sit through that traveshamockery of a baseball game and then write a recap about a loss, I might well have kicked something.

Brandon Workman starts tomorrow against the white-hot Rays. Because the universe hates us, I guess.

JOSE IGLESIAS UPDATE: He went 1-5 and committed a throwing error. He’s the worst.

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