ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Craig Breslow, one of the Red Sox' trustiest relievers -- and one who dominated in the first two rounds of the playoffs -- has had a rough Series.
In three appearances, Breslow has recorded just one out while allowing three hits, three runs, a hit batter and two walks, to go along with a very costly throwing error in Game 2.
"Maybe a little bit tentative,'' offered John Farrell of why Breslow was struggling. "I wouldn't say it's tentative because of a physical thing. He hasn't really settled in against this lineup. Lack of familiarity, where he's [more knowledgable about] every other American League lineup he's faced."
On Sunday night, he came in with a runner on second and two out in the seventh and the Red Sox leading, 4-1. He allowed an RBI single to the left-handed-hitting Matt Carpenter and walked Carlos Beltran on four pitches, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Farrell had to go to Junichi Tazawa, who ended the inning by retiring Matt Holliday.
"He got a pitch up a little bit to Carpenter," said Farrell, "and then tried to be a little too fine to Beltran."