There's going to be a lot of second-guessing of Robin Ventura following this game, and the truth is he doesn't really deserve it. Should he have left Jose Quintana in to go for the complete game, or was bringing in Addison Reed the right decision?
Well, considering the way this game ended, the answer seems easy. However, that doesn't make it right.
I can understand the reasoning behind each decision, whichever one Robin might have made. If he'd have left Quintana in I'd have been fine with it. The way he'd been pitching he deserved a shot at the ninth inning.
I also didn't have a problem with bringing in Addison Reed. Reed hadn't blown a save as the closer all season before this afternoon, and he's the team's closer for a reason. He's there to close out games.
Whichever route Robin goes, the only way he's right is if the Sox win, but they didn't.
However, if you're going to get on Robin's case over taking out Quintana because he had a shutout, please remember one thing.
Jose Quintana shouldn't have had a shutout in the first place. Let us not forget the appeal the Sox made in the sixth inning when Matt Treanor tagged up from third on a fly ball to right field and was safe at the plate when Tyler Flowers couldn't handle Alex Rios' throw. Jerry Meals called Treanor out on an appeal at third base, saying he left the bag early, but the replays showed that Treanor did no such thing.
In other words, this game should have been tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. That tying run that Bobby Abreu scored -- ironically on another sac fly to right field -- should have been the winning run for the Dodgers.
If you want to find fault with Robin Ventura today, blame him for the lineup he put out there. It was Robin's Sunday Special as everybody on the bench got a chance to play today and the Sox could manage only 1 single run on Chris Capuano.
Of course, even questioning Robin for that decision isn't necessarily right. Paul Konerko has a bad wrist, and whether you like it or not, Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza are going to need a day off once in a while. So even if I don't like it, I can understand it.
If only we could appeal the result.