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It's safe to say Andrew Bailey has reached embattled territory.
So, yes: The Embattled Andrew Bailey came in for the 9th with a one-run lead in Detroit tonight. He threw three straight balls to Victor Martinez, got one over, and then walked Martinez. Jhonny Peralta stepped to the plate and promptly dispatched what appeared to me to be a 1-2 hanging breaking ball over the left field fence to walk off with the win (copyright Don Orsillo).
Jonny Gomes expressed the feelings of Red Sox fans everywhere by watching the ball go over the fence, and slumping down to put his hands on his knees.
It can be difficult to come out of these spells in Boston; we've seen our fair share of players (and especially relief pitchers) who never do. Hopefully Bailey won't go too crazy. He has to be quietly pleased with the media storm surrounding the other teams, what with the Bruins in the finals, Aaron Hernandez reaching OJ territory in coverage today, and Doc Rivers doing whatever it is exactly he's trying to do. Normally there'd be a lot more heat on Bailey.
John Lackey pitched well but now gets a no decision for his seven-inning, two-run effort. He walked one, gave up seven hits, and struck out five. Perhaps most importantly, he needed just 98 pitches to get through seven. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect 8th, as he is wont to do.
David Ortiz led the team offensively with two hits, including a monster shot in the 4th to right field. The Tigers starter, Jose Alvarez, had struggled to throw strikes to that point and Ortiz jumped on the first pitch he saw.
Jose Iglesias reached base twice, walking and tripling. How does a .477 OBP sound for a guy who can't hit?
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(Duane Burleson/Getty Images)This time, Andrew Bailey didn't even record an out. With the Red Sox leading 3-2, Bailey walked the lead-off hitter and then gave up the game-winning two-run HR. Tigers win , 4-3. Game. Set. Match. New Closer. Manager John Farrell confirmed the switch after the game, "We're going to back him out of there right now and try to get him fixed...
Andrew Bailey is no longer the Red Sox’ closer. He doesn’t think that will be the case very long, though.
Bailey, who has been relieved of Boston’s ninth-inning duties after blowing another save on Thursday, said before Friday’s game that he expects to regain the closer’s role at some point this season.
“One bad week doesn’t necessarily make a bad year,” Bailey told...
The Red Sox are just clipping along this spring, with their problems relatively minor complications compared to the bounty of issues this team often dealt with last season. While the health of some members of the pitching staff has been something to keep an eye on, the Sox have received help from other parts of the team, and they’ve been on top of the American League East for much...
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Two weeks after they drafted Trey Ball with the No. 7 pick in the in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Indiana pitcher visited Fenway Park after signing with the Red Sox. Andrew Bailey will remain the closer, and David Ross departs the team to address his concussion symptoms.
Ball Visits Fenway After Signing Contract
Two weeks after the Red Sox...
Andrew Bailey has had a rough go of it recently.
The Red Sox closer has blown four saves in 24 games (three in his last five chances), the most recent being giving up a one-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday against the Tigers. Manager John Farrell said on Wednesday that Bailey was “definitely our closer.” It seems those feelings have changed, though, as Farrell said after...
John Farrell has no other choice.
Andrew Bailey blew another save against the Tigers on Thursday, and the Red Sox must now make a change to the closer’s role, even if it’s temporary.
Bailey, who has been struggling of late, entered Thursday’s game with a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning. He immediately walked the leadoff man, Victor Martinez, on five pitches, and he then surrendered...
The Boston Red Sox took the lead against Detroit's bullpen, then realized their own closer was becoming far too unreliable.
Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night. Boston manager John Farrell said after the game Bailey would be given a break from closing...
Andrew Bailey is the Red Sox’ closer.
Bailey, who blew another save opportunity in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, is in the midst of a rough patch. Manager John Farrell made it clear, however, that the closer’s job still belongs to Bailey, and that it’s simply a matter of the right-hander figuring some things out on the mound.
“Andrew Bailey is our closer, and...
The Red Sox announced today that Koji Uehara will replace Andrew Bailey as the teams closer. This news comes on the heels of another tough 9th inning for Bailey last night against the Detroit Tigers in which Bailey blew his 4th save of the year. Unlike April and May, the month of June has not been kind to Bailey. So far this month he’s given up at least a run in 4 of 8 9th inning...
Jhonny Peralta is headed toward a possible All-Star berth, and he added another highlight to an impressive first half Thursday night. With the Detroit Tigers trailing the Boston Red Sox by one in the ninth, Peralta turned on a breaking ball from Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey for a walk-off, two-run home run.
Here’s the video of Peralta’s game-winner:
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Papa 'Not-So' GrandeThere's still no word on exactly who will close out games for the Boston Red Sox. All we do know is that it won't be Andrew Bailey. Junichi Tazawa is the likely first choice to migrate to the end of the bullpen—but Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara are also possibilities. Even Rubby De La Rosa has the stuff to do the job. An intriguing new possibility...
Andrew Bailey’s struggles are twofold. Not only has his ineffectiveness cost the Red Sox, but his inevitable departure from the closer’s role throws the Boston bullpen all out of whack.
John Farrell has stood by Bailey during his recent struggles, but after another blown save on Thursday, it appears that the Red Sox skipper is eyeing a change. Someone else will likely take the...
Comerica Park has not been kind to Red Sox closers in recent years, and it seems 2013 is no different.
This time, it was Andrew Bailey blowing the save, and Jhonny Peralta the one responsible. The Tigers shortstop’s two-run home run spoiled a strong John Lackey start and cost the Sox a chance to begin a four-game series on the right foot. Now, the Sox could very well be on the...
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It seemed almost sure. A good pitching to performance to start, a David Ortiz home run to get ahead again, and then a one run lead going into the ninth.
And then…Andrew Bailey begins to pitch.
Jhonny Peralta squares up and parks a pitch to win the game on one swing. What seemed as a hard-fought win turns into a heart-sinking loss.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)About 10 hours after baseball began at Fenway, Jonny Gomes sent a two-run walk-off HR into the night—giving Boston a doubleheader sweep of the Rays, 5-1 and 3-1. On his way around third base, Gomes drop-kicked (or more precisely punted) his batting helmet out of play. Gomes' heroics were necessary because Andrew Bailey blew Felix Doubront...