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Red Sox Game 33 recap: Here we are again

Highest WPA: Andrew Miller, .280 (2 IP, 4 K, 0 H, 0 BB)
Lowest WPA: Junichi Tazawa, -.254 (IP, 2 H, BB, 2 ER)

Oh look. We’re only one game under .500. I wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow.

Pessimistic fatalism aside, this was a pretty dull game for most of the way. The Sox took the lead on some first-inning small-ball (a walk, a single, and a pair of ground outs), let it get tied at one, and retook the lead in the bottom of the third. They got a nice stretch out of Burke Badenhop, including a rally-killing double play in relief of Felix Doubront, but then Junichi Tazawa looked as human as any Boston reliever in 2014 and turned a confident 3-1 lead into a slightly-less-confident tie. And from there… Koji Uehara basically erased all confidence I had, looking annoyingly mortal while managing to frustrate the Reds into a big squandered opportunity.

What had been a ho-hum affair of middle-inning tedium turned into a bit of an event, but the post-Koji bullpen was stellar, with Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow combining for 6 strikeouts and no walks in their three innings. Then David Ortiz beat the shift, Mike Napoli beat the BABIP gods, and Grady Sizemore kept up a nice week of reminding us that if Daniel Nava gets hot, there’s no reason not to option Jackie Bradley down.

So, anyway, Jake Peavy goes tomorrow. Insert your favorite sports-movie cliche here!

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