The inning started out promising, but in the end it was all too predictable with Andrew Bailey on the hill.
The relief pitcher was sent out in last night’s seventh inning with the Red Sox holding a 5-4 lead on the Blue Jays. This was Sox manager John Farrell giving Bailey a chance to regain some confidence. It wasn’t an easy task facing the top of the Toronto lineup, and, at first, it looked like it would work.

Bailey came out and looked like a new pitcher. His velocity was up, touching 95 and 96, as he got his fastball going and struck out Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista to start the inning. But it only took one fastball, thrown to Edwin Encarnacion, to erase everything.

As soon as the Jays designated hitter made contact, the crowd knew. As the ball towered through the dark summer sky, Bailey watched as it landed in the center field bleachers, then bent over like he was struck in the stomach.

It took one pitch to knock Bailey out of the game. One pitch for the Jays to tie the game. And one pitch to erase the positives.

Such is life as a pitcher and that life has been a rough one for Bailey.