Red Sox leadoff man Marco Scutaro's eighth-inning double last night off Brad Bergesen put a man in scoring position with two outs in a 2-2 game.

The double was on Bergesen's 100th pitch and it brought left-handed hitter Eric Patterson to the plate and a more fearsome left-handed hitter, David Ortiz, to the on-deck circle.


Interim manager Juan Samuel and everyone else in the stadium knew that if the Orioles brought lefty specialist Will Ohman into the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona would undoubtedly lift Patterson for a right-handed hitter.

However, Samuel was fine with that reality and summoned Ohman into the game. Francona, in turn, yanked Patterson and sent up rookie Daniel Nava.

Did what happened next prove Samuel made the wrong move?

Nava made light contact with a decent 2-1 pitch by Ohman and blooped a single between three Orioles' defenders and into right field. Scutaro scored easily and the Orioles lost again.

I said before Samuel had even come out of the dugout - so this clearly isn't a second guess - that I would take my chances with Bergesen versus Patterson, Corey's younger brother who entered the night hitting .208 and who had just gotten designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics late last month.

I didn't think it was a terrible decision as Patterson twice in the game made good contact on Bergesen and drove center fielder Adam Jones back near the wall. It's just not one I would have made.

Bergesen had retired 10 straight before Scutaro's double and I would have allowed him to see if he could make it 11 of 12 against Patterson. Then, I would have obviously brought in Ohman to face Ortiz, whether that was for the final out of the eighth or the first of the ninth.