Admit it. You thought to yourself, “Here we go again.”
It’s OK. That was a natural response to have while watching Andrew Bailey struggle to begin the ninth inning on Wednesday. Yet despite any brief moans and groans, Bailey bounced back to close out a 2-1 victory over the Rays, silencing some doubt in the process.
It was a big save for Bailey, who has put together a solid season overall. Despite the success, though, Bailey still has some some critics who feel like he’s not equipped to handle the pressure-packed ninth inning in Boston. And those critics were out in full force following Monday’s blown save against Tampa.
Bailey entered Monday’s contest in the 10th inning with Boston leading 8-6, and he promptly surrendered a leadoff homer to Jose Lobaton. He then walked in a run after loading the bases with no outs, and it took a huge double play off the bat of Evan Longoria and a nifty play by Dustin Pedroia on a bunt bid to escape the inning with the game tied 8-8. The Red Sox ende...