Seattle's Nelson Cruz celebrates his walkoff single. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

John Farrell after loss: 'That's a terrible decision on my part'

Rob Bradford
May 15, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Before any blame could start to percolate after the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Mariners Friday night, John Farrell heaped the responsibility for the defeat on himself. Farrell chose not to walk Nelson Cruz with a base open and the game-winning run at second in the form of Brad Miller. Instead Junichi Tazawa pitched to Cruz - he of the .361 batting average, 1.158 OPS and 15 home runs - with the result proving disastrous for the Sox. Cruz rifled a split-fingered fastball from Tazawa into deep left field, allowing for the Mariners' walkoff win. "Before you even ask a question, that'€™s a terrible decision on my part," Farrell told reporters, opening his post-game media briefing. "I own that one. We had a base open. But the way, saw Cruz'€™s first three at-bats, he was chasing some offspeed below the zone. He was 1-for-8 against Taz previously. Didn'€™t work out. That'€™s a terrible decision on my part." Making the end result even more frustrating for Farrell and the Red Sox was the outstanding pitching performance of starter Clay Buchholz. The righty struck out 11 while not walking a batter, allowing just one run on three hits. It set the stage for the ninth inning, where reliever Tommy Layne allowed an infield hit to Miller before Robinson Cano moved the runner to second. Then came the showdown with Cruz, who was hitless in his previous three at-bats, and would have been followed by Kyle Seager. "We'€™ve got it set up, two outs, easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager," Farrell told reporters. "As we sit here in this moment after the walkoff, that'€™s the move to make. Like I said, terrible decision on my part. Clay pitches an outstanding eight innings of baseball tonight. Four pitches for strikes. A dominating performance in his own right. We had a couple of opportunities offensively. But still, the decision in that ninth inning was the story in this one." After the game, the Red Sox players weren't willing to place blame on their manager. "I knew that I had to get into that at-bat with a lot of strong emotions," Tazawa told reporters through a translator. "I was sort of caught in between walking him and trying to get him out. It'€™s all my responsibility." "Even as a pitcher, you get paid to pitch," Buchholz told reporters. "Just sometimes it happens. Can't be too hard on yourself about it. It's a game. That's why we're going to play tomorrow. Got these guys in 2-1 games, it's a part of it that's hard to take sometimes whenever you know you don't want to do something and it just happens." For all the details of the Red Sox loss, click here for Closing Time.