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Red Sox Game 143 recap: A Hughes mistake

Highest WPA: Mike Napoli, .460 (3-3, 2 BB, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)
Lowest WPA: Felix Doubront, -.386 (3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 6 BB, 2 K, 6 ER, HR)

Well, my defenses of Felix Doubront will at least fall silent for a while now. Whether it’s a lack of talent or just wearing down toward the end of the season, the lefty delivered his second straight awful start, this one with the peripherals to match the score.

It didn’t matter.

After an unimpressive but not disastrous outing from Rubby De La Rosa, the Sox bullpen held the line and stayed in striking distance. Sure enough, the Yankees found themselves limited by an overworked bullpen, and opted for Phil Hughes to start the seventh with an 8-3 lead. He’d give up a run and load the bases for Mike Napoli against Boone Logan, and… well, apparently it’s not just left handed hitters who can abuse the short porch in right field. The Sox tacked on another four in the 8th, sparked by yet another right-handed Shane Victorino home run, and Koji Uehara slammed the door, because apparently starting an inning with a four-run lead is more important than a bases loaded tie.

Is it bad form to berate the manager as the magic number falls to 15? Maybe. But boy, that’s some questionable bullpen use we’re overcoming. But… I’ll take those first place problems any day.

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