Sox Pound Wisler After His Manager Makes Poor Decision in a Winnable Game

The Red Sox beat the Braves 6-2 Friday night, but the game felt much closer than the score shows.

The Braves plated 2 runners in each of the first two innings but couldn’t manage to bring either of them home. In the third inning, the Braves started it off right, after a single by Ronald Acuna and a bloop by Freddie Freeman. Nick Markakis came up to the plate and ricocheted a ringing double off the Green Monster. This would be the last Braves hit until Dansby hit a double off Craig Kimbrel in the top of the 9th.

Julio Teheran had a strong outing, aside from a few mistakes that cost him some runs. He hung a few breaking balls that were hit for 2 homers and a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark. He cam back, however, and pitched 6 strong innings, allowing those 3 runs, giving him a quality start. The Braves trailed 3-2 after 6 IP.

Jesse Biddle came in and pitched well, allowing a bunt single to the first batter he faced, byt managed to get the next two batters out that he faced. Here’s where the game really got ugly.

Brian Snitker came out and pulled Biddle and replaced him with Matt Wisler (of all the relievers in the ‘pen). Two pitches later, Mookie Betts (who leads MLB in HRs) and the Red Sox would lead 5-2 after a towering shot that went over the Green Monster entirely. He got the next man he faced. Then, following a quick top of the 8th, Matt Wisler stayed in and gave up another blast, this time to Mitch Moreland. He got the next two outs to escape the inning, but that was by and large enough to blow the game wide open.

Craig Kimbrel then came on in the top of the 9th to seal the victory for the Sox. Game over, Braves lose 6-2. Hopefully tomorrow and Sunday are better. Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz are the starters, so we should see some more good pitching in that category. Go Braves!

Post game, here is what Brian Snitker said: “I wanted to give him that opportunity and I just didn’t want to use Winkler and all them guys we use when we’re ahead. We may win the next two games and I just feel like I’ve got to be careful with them guys.”

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