We all now know how that worked out for the Red Sox and Jake Peavy. By only lasting 4 1/3 innings and giving up 6 runs, Peavy saw his ERA climb almost a full run (3.09 to 3.94). On the bat a David Ortiz (yeah, I called it), patient hitting and poor pitching the Red Sox erased the deficit and hooked Peavy up with a no decision. Unfortunately, they couldn't get ahead in the game and ended up losing it in the bottom of the ninth on an Chris Parmelee two-out, two-run walk-off homer.
Now back to the title of this post. Off the top of my head this is the second time Farrell has tried a little gamesmanship against an opponent this season and the third time they came up as the losing team. No, I'm not including the pinetar incident in my calculations because I don't feel he was partaking in any gamesmanship either night Pineda was pitching. The other incident I'm referring to is the double header against Tampa Bay. His claim was that it would mess up the schedule too much later in the season and deny the Red Sox the proper amount of off days. In reality, we were all thinking that he had Tampa Bay and its depleted pitching staff by the _____ and he wasn't about to let them off the hook. Well, the Red Sox lost both games in that double header and the Rays certainly had the last laugh. So, by my calculations Farrell has tried to pull a fast one on opposing teams twice this season and lost every time.