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Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Series is on-the-job learning for Farrell
But nowhere has the transition to the NL style of play seemed to hurt the Sox more than it has in the dugout — where John Farrell has seemed to struggle with the faster speed at which the game changes, after making a couple of debatable decisions before the series even moved to the Midwest.
With Game 3 tied going to the ninth inning, and reliever Brandon Workman due up second, the easy and obvious choice was to execute a double-switch. The opportunity was convenient as they come, too, with Saltalamacchia having made the final out of the eighth, and backup catcher David Ross waiting on the bench.
"I looked at that last two relievers situation, between Workman and Uehara, combining to give us three innings of work, and I wasn't willing to let Koji go out there for two full innings. I felt like we needed three innings combined out of those two," Farrell said Sunday. "And how we got there, unfortunately, was with Workman at the plate."
And for the Red Sox' sake, he'd better be a fast learner.
Dave D'Onofrio covers the Red Sox for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
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