Hanley Ramirez and the Red Sox committed three errors in the Red Sox' 8-4 loss to the Twins. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

John Farrell 'absolutely' taking things personally: 'That was a poor display of baseball today'

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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For the second time in less than a week Red Sox manager John Farrell was visibly upset and frustrated following a loss. The first was Sunday in Texas when the team blew a ninth inning lead, aided by a Pablo Sandoval error, setting up a Josh Hamilton walkoff double. Thursday, it was the Red Sox allowing four runs in the ninth inning of what was a tie game at the time, where in all his team committed three errors in their 8-4 loss to the Twins. With the mental mistakes that the team made Thursday, a lot of that is pinned on the manager for not having his team prepared. Farrell acknowledged he's taking things personally. "Absolutely," he said. "That was a poor display of baseball today. Those situations are addressed individually, it's addressed collectively, and we will continue to do so." The biggest error of them all came in the top of the ninth inning with runners on first and second and no outs. Joe Mauer laid down a bunt in front of the plate where catcher Blake Swihart attempted to get the lead runner at third base, but Sandoval couldn'€™t catch the low throw allowing Brian Dozier to score the game-winning run. Afterwards, the manager acknowledged it was a play Sandoval should have made. "Mauer's bunt is not a surprise," Farrell said. "The ball is right there in front of home plate, we've got a chance to cut down a lead runner at third base on a throw that's not a difficult short hop. Unfortunately it gets through Pablo and gives them the go-ahead run." The third baseman is in a slump both offensively and defensively, committing two errors in the game and three since Sunday. At the plate he is 0 for his last 12 and batting just .117 with one extra-base hit and two RBIs since May 12. Farrell was asked if anything is wrong with him. "Not that I'm aware of," Farrell said. "There's nothing physical. He's going to the left on a ball that he's got to redirect himself in the sixth inning that he fires high. I'm not aware of anything physical that's hampering him right now." Last week in Texas the Red Sox sat David Ortiz for a few games to help him find his swing. Farrell said nothing has been ruled or ruled out with something like that occurring with Sandoval. "Consider it? Yeah," he said. "Nothing's been decided. At this point, everything is open for review and discussion." Hanley Ramirez once again had issues in left field, again misplaying a ball in the ninth inning, which appeared to be catchable. Farrell kept repeating what he and ownership has said all week that he remains "a work in progress." The option to remove him from left field doesn't appear to be there because of his offense and really no where else to put him defensively, or at designated hitter -- so in short, the team has no choice but to stay with him. "Well we've begun to more routinely and regularly defend late in the games, but trying to get David [Ortiz] going, trying to get the middle of the order going, one has got to get on the field defensively," Farrell said. "And that's a work in progress we know with Hanley." He added: "He typically like all other outfielder, shag a group of BP. It's a work in progress. We've got work to do. There's no denying that. There's no skirting around that. We've got to anticipate more and begin to expect more. There's been games such as yesterday where I thought Hanley got some good reads and breaks on some balls, and we're striving to gain some consistency." Things appeared to be heading in the right direction, taking two of the first three games in the series against the Twins and getting quality starting pitching performances across the board, but a game like Thursday just sets the team two steps back after taking a step forward. "And the feeling in the clubhouse is the same," Farrell said. "And yet we can't rely on yesterday to guarantee anything, what the carryover might be today. We've got to execute. And more importantly think the game and anticipate situations."

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