World Series: John Farrell managerial highs and lows Game 3
The intrigue with Red Sox manager John Farrell started even before the game, with Mike Napoli taking groundballs at third base, a position he has never played. Farrell suggested it was an option for Games 4-5.
Farrell with the score 2-1 and lefthander Randy Choate on the mound, having just allowed a single to David Ortiz, outwaited Cards manager Mike Matheny and finally got the matchup he was looking for. With Daniel Nava being a better hitter from the left side, instead of hitting Jonny Gomes and having Matheny bring in Seth Maness, he left Nava in and when Matheny brought in Maness anyway, Nava lined a sinle to left to tie the game.
The bad was really bad. Maybe in an attempt to show how smart he is, or maybe out of frustration,Farrell pinch-hit for his struggling shortstop Stephen Drew in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, he then moved Xander Bogaerts to shortstop and left Will Middlebrooks in to play third. That may, in fact, be a portent of things to come, with Napoli remaining as an option at third.
It backfired badly, as Matt Carpenter's checkswing grounder to short resulted in Bogaerts wide throw that handcuffed Ortiz for an infield hit. Then two batters later, Matt Holliday laced a hard grounder past a late-reacting Middlebrooks at third for a two-run double. It's a ball the more athletic Bogaerts may have had a chance to field. The Cards led by two runs.