No complaints from Farrell over quirks at Trop

No complaints from Farrell over quirks at Trop
October 8, 2013, 8:45 pm

GAME 4: PREGAME

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For one more game on Tuesday night, the Red Sox were dealing with the nooks and crannies of Tropicana Field.
      
The ballpark played a role in their 5-4 loss on Monday night when the Sox lost a popout in the fourth inning when a ball struck the catwalk and was ruled dead.
      
Ben Zobrist popped up and catcher Jarrod Satlalamacchia, but with ball ruled dead, Zobrist got another life and walked. That play resulted in starter Clay Buchholz having to throw another 20 pitches that inning.
      
But John Farrell wasn't about to complain about the ballpark or its quirks.
      
"The pros are you know you're going to play at the designated time every night (because of the dome),'' he said. "And there's some benefit to that. Every ballpark is going to have its quirks, its intricacies, whether it's a speaker hanging above home plate or whether it's a wall in left field.
      
"I think everyone that comes in here and plays a number of games is well aware there are other things they have to contend with -- the rings (catwalks) in the ceiling, to a different turf and dirt combination on the infield. Both teams play on it. So there's nothing in our mind that's a detriment to playing a game here.''

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The Red Sox came into Game 4 having stolen 44 bases in a row, a remarkable bit of efficiency.
       
"We've got guys that have been base stealers, whether it's Jacoby (Ellsbury), (Dustin Pedroia), or (Shane) Victorino,'' said Farrell. "But I think the one thing our other baserunners have bought into is, when there's opportunities, when they might not have thought about a stolen base, to be aggressive in those situations.
       
"The bottom line is, we try to outline things for guys that they have a hundred percent assurance in their own mind that they can steal a base. And we outline what unloading times would give them that ability to and it's a matter of having our communication in the moment, that they know what the keys are on a given pitcher and they know what the times are with the combination of the guy behind the plate and the guy on the mound. And then it's the trust in themselves that they can get there without (being caught)."