Indians get to Breslow in 7th inning

Indians get to Breslow in 7th inning
June 14, 2014, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON - The Red Sox were right where they wanted to be as the 7th inning started.

They had their lefty specialist on the hill in Craig Breslow against a lefty-heavy lineup, while holding onto a 2-1 lead.

But things didn't go as planned.

Breslow allowed an infield single to Asdrubal Cabrera to lead things off, and followed that up by allowing a single to Michael Brantley.

The next batter, Jason Kipnis, grounded to Pedroia who could have turned a double play but instead threw home hoping to get Cabrera at the plate. It didn't happen. Cabrera scored, and everybody was safe. After getting the next two outs, Breslow walked David Murphy, loading the bases, and ultimately pulling him from the game.

But Breslow wasn't going to play the "what if" game. He took responsibility for what happened out there.

"Ultimately I feel like I could have done a better job making pitches," he said.

John Farrell had no regrets or second thoughts about using Breslow in that situation.

"Well it had been five days since his last outing, but still there's complete confidence in him," Farrell said. "He had good success against those guys where we were in the lineup and a couple of ground balls found there way through the middle. The walk to Murphy puts us in a bases-loaded situation unfortunately. I would still go back to Bres in that situation again."

And Breslow will be ready for it, regardless of how often or little he plays in-between those scenarios.

"That's the spot that we all want to be in," Breslow said. "Everybody wants to pitch with the lead with the game on the line and it's kind of up to us to make sure that we're getting to the mound as much as we need to. Kind of get in regular work even if it's not in the game. Typically if our starters are going to go six or seven innings and we're going to hand the ball over to [Junichi Tazawa] or Koji [Uehara] innings at times are going to be hard to come by. But that's usually indicative of getting good starts and winning games."