World Series: John Farrell managerial highs and lows Game 4
By the afternoon of Game 4, after a night of fitful sleep, John Farrell had backed away from a couple of things that he had said the night before in the wake of the walkoff obstruction.
1-Farrell admitted the umpires made the right call, but that he wished they would change the obstruction rule to include intent. He said Will Middlebrooks had no intent to interfere and that he was helpless on his stomach. I've seen turtles on their backs make better attempts to get up.
2-Farrell on Saturday said that Brandon Workman hit for himself because he believed that he could go two innings. On Sunday he changed his tune slightly said that he felt Workman and Koji Uehara together could handle three innings.
3-Farrell said that he should in hindsight have double switched with David Ross and Workman the inning before, in which case Ross would have been hitting, but he had no intention of batting Mike Napoli for Workman because there was no guarantee he would homer.
But Game 4 brought a new day with new problems, still without the DH.
Farrell was forced to improvise before the game had even started. His right fielder Shane Victorino came up lame with a strained back and was scratched two hours before game time. Instead, he moved Daniel Nava to right and into the two-hole, with Jonny Gomes added to the batting order batting fifth. Gomes homered in the sixth inning for the lead.
Farrell inserted defensive shortstop Stephen Drew back in the lineup, with Xander Bogaerts moving over to third. He had pinch-hit for Drew in Game 3 after two weak strikeouts putting Middlebrooks in at third base. Drew came through with a game-tying sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Farrell brought Felix Doubront in relief for the second straight game, taking a chance but the resilient Venezuelan lefthander was effective. Buccholz pitched just four innings. The numbers showed that in his first four innings of his four plaoff starts Buchholz has a 0.80 ERA and from the fifth inning on it is 15.88.
Attempting to show that he understands National League strategy, Farrell chose to walk the No. 8 hitter Daniel Descalso in the fourth to get to Lynn with a runner on second base. The other way of looking at it is that he allowed a weak hitter on base and did not have the pitcher leading off the fifth inning. Instead he was back to the top of the Cards order.