Takashi Saito gave up a homer to Evan Longoria in the 13th inning tonight.
Surely, Tito and the rest of the coaches told the guys that Longoria SHOULD NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE be allowed to beat them. Perhaps the message got lost in translation. Either that, or nobody prints out scouting reports in Japanese.
Seriously, whatever the case may be, this should not have happened. The bigger gaffe was earlier when Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play to end a bases loaded threat for the Sox.
It's a big week for the team as they play the Rays and Yankees in quick succession. So mistakes like these need to be at an absolute minimum.
I have faith in the Red Sox, though.
In other news, the Astros looked absolutely pathetic through eight innings tonight before finally mustering up the effort to thwart a shutout. Still, the 8-1 loss does nothing to help, and shows that the team's slide that was abated by Bud Norris' excellent start hasn't ended.
The thing that bothers me the most was that I was right about Felipe Paulino coming back up. He made three starts at Round Rock between his demotion and today, and all of them were terrible. He came back up tonight and promptly stunk it up again, just like he has all season.
I know, or at least THINK I know, what this situation is really about with Paulino. The Astros have a kid named Yorman Bazardo in the system who I've referred to recently. I heard about him from byronlhsdrmr, a fellow blogger here whose opinion I respect. Bazardo is pitching well at Round Rock and has been for pretty much the entire season. The problem is that he's not on the 40-man roster, and he has no options left. What that means, basically, is that he couldn't be returned to Round Rock without clearing waivers.
So instead of bringing him up here and keeping up on the roster, Ed Wade and the rest of the peanut gallery in the Astros' front office thought that it would be better for the team to bring Paulino back, because he has options and a mandate from Wade to pitch well or get out. He hasn't pitched well, and Wade still hasn't gotten rid of him.
Instead of playing it safe and putting Roy Oswalt on the DL, the Astros have been waffling. If Oswalt goes on the DL, then Paulino is going to be up with the major-league club for awhile longer, since there's no other pitching depth besides Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo. Norris is already up here, too.
The smarter move would have been to get Bazardo up here and think about the waivers and whatever later on. But instead of playing it smart, the Astros decided to play it dumb by bringing back a pitcher who has already shown he doesn't have what it takes to be successful. We don't necessarily know that about Bazardo. We do know that Paulino stinks. And he just proved it, again.