Originally Posted by BainesHOF
Saw lots of dumb baseball from section 161 tonight. Beckham penciled in as the No. 2 hitter. Belisario brought in to protect a slim lead in the eighth. De Aza's botched play. Eaton's base-running blunder. ...
I understand the point you are trying to make, but Section 161 is close enough to the field that you should have seen Beckham didn't play bad baseball as a No. 2 hitter. He advanced a leadoff double to third in the first, which is the fundamental job of a No. 2 hitter. He drove in a runner from third with less than two outs, which again is solid fundamental baseball. He also had two hits, including the tie-breaking double in the eighth. He struck out to lead off the ninth before Abreu grounded out, but Beckham had a good fundamental night.
If you want to complain about seeing bad White Sox baseball, you could have gone to the top of the first when Abreu failed to get the runner in from third with less than two outs. You happened to go to a game where Beckham played better baseball than Abreu. That doesn't mean you should rip on Abreu the next time he is penciled into the lineup, but it diminishes the effectiveness of your argument that the manager was to blame for the loss by hitting Beckham second and going to the bullpen after Scott Carroll had pitched seven innings. There aren't a lot of options out of the Sox bullpen, and leaving Carroll in the game to pitch the eighth didn't seem like much of an option either.
You were watching a pretty well managed game. You can't even complain about the idiocy of the sacrifice bunt because, well executed it set up a four-run rally that gave the Sox a late two-run lead. But you also watched some players fail to execute, including Abreu and everyone who came in from the bullpen.