Contreras. The quick hits by Nomar and Manny, off fastballs, to start the inning appeared to rattle him. Before you could even blink the tying run was in scoring position. In response, Contreras became a bit timid, mincing around the edges of the strike zone and falling behind, and this in turn made his out pitch, that nasty split-finger, a lot less dangerous. I’m not sure he had the velocity on his fastball that he’d had earlier in this series. Credit the Sox. They take pitches. They get ahead. They exploit mistakes.
Posted by YF on 10/16/2003 05:15:17 PM