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10.08.2004

Brilliant non-move by Terry Francona 

Tony Gwynn and Rick Sutcliffe kept insisting that Terry Francona pinch-run for David Ortiz in the bottom of the 8th inning with Ortiz on first base, two out and Francisco Rodriguez pitching.

Hmm. Seems like way too little reward (hoping that you can score a man from first with two out against K-Rod, with Troy Percival still available in the Anaheim bullpen) for the risk (losing Ortiz's bat, should the game last another 3 innings). Indeed, Francona left Ortiz in the game, K-Rod eventually wore down, and Ortiz won it in the bottom of the 10th.

Props also to Derek Lowe, who wriggled out of a jam (two lucky infield hits leading to men on 1st and 3rd) in the top of the 10th. Ah, the ultimate irony of playoff baseball -- a pitcher who isn't good enough to start is good enough to hold a tie in extra innings.

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