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Red Sox Game 128 recap: CLOSERS only get SAVES

Highest WPA: Craig Breslow, .157 (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K)
Lowest WPA: Brayan Villareal, -.351 (Four-pitch walk in the most critical situation imaginable. Welcome to the team!)

CLOSERS only get SAVES. CLOSERS don’t pitch the eighth inning with a one-run lead, even if the opposition has the top of their order due up; CLOSERS only get SAVES.

CLOSERS don’t pitch the bottom of the ninth in a tied game, where a single, solitary run from the opposing team means you lose; CLOSERS only get SAVES.

CLOSERS don’t come in to a bases loaded situation where any baserunner means automatic defeat; CLOSERS only get SAVES.

CLOSERS only get SAVES. So that means Junichi Tazawa has to face Buster Posey with the tying run on third and one out. CLOSERS only get SAVES. So that means Franklin Morales has to start the ninth. CLOSERS only get SAVES. So that means that Brayan Villareal has to pitch to Marco Scutaro with the game in the balance.

Who can blame John Farrell? He had it all lined up. He did all that he could. It just didn’t work out. He never got a chance to use his CLOSER, because CLOSERS only get SAVES.

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