Was leaving Bradley Jr. in to hit the right call?

Was leaving Bradley Jr. in to hit the right call?
April 1, 2014, 2:15 am
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Jackie Bradley, Jr. went from Pawtucket to Baltimore to the final at-bat of the Red Sox Opening Day game pretty quickly.

Unfortunately for him and the Sox, he struck out looking.

Bradley had been inserted in the game in the 8th inning as a pinch runner for Mike Napoli. Of course, his spot in the order came up in the 9th inning with two men on and two out.

Manager John Farrell elected to stick with him instead of pinch-hitting Jonny Gomes in his place.

Right move? Lou Merloni and Dan Shaughnessy joined Mike Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss.

"[Bradley, Jr.] does not look comfortable up there at this time," Shaughnessy said. "I don't think Sox fans want to see the bat in his hands with two on, two out in the 9th inning after everything that's gone down. He just looks jumpy and not like a confident guy."

Merloni notes that Farrell probably did it due to the staggering differences in numbers that Orioles closer Tommy Hunter has from right-handed hitters to left-handed hitters.

"Left-handed hitters do have more success against him," Merloni said. "The question is does Jackie Bradley have more success with him. I think he stuck with that matchup, he went with that matchup, but it did look like Bradley was absolutely overmatched in that at-bat.

The guys also discuss the play of Grady Sizemore.