TORONTO -- If you're second-guessing Bobby Valentine for leaving in untested lefty Justin Thomas to face a right-hander with the bases loaded and nobody out in a two-run game, you aren't alone.
Nobody is second-guessing that move -- which resulted in a two-run single by J.P. Arencibia -- more than Valentine himself.
After the Red Sox suffered a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Valentine was clearly stewing over the fact he left Matt Albers in the Red Sox's bullpen in that spot rather than bringing him in the game.
The moment happened in the sixth inning, the Red Sox down 3-1. Thomas came on and walked Eric Thames to load the bases.
Arencibia hit a 2-1 changeup up the middle to give Toronto a 5-1 lead.
"I should have brought in Albers with the bases loaded. It might have still been a 3-1 game," Valentine said. "We get a great ground ball there and maybe we would have won that game."
So why didn't Valentine bring in Albers?
"Just a dumb move," Valentine said.
Later in the interview, Valentine expounded a little more on his reasoning.
"I didn't know him well enough," Valentine said. "I thought maybe he'd get a changeup and maybe the changeup would be just as good as the sinker. He got a changeup, hit it off the end of the bat.
"Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Go with the sinker, try to get a ground ball. Go with the changeup, and they got the changeup off the end of the bat. I just felt right there I should have gone the other way. I was hoping. I don't like to hope. I was actually thinking he'd get the left-hander out and we'd be able to walk him. It threw the thing into another action plan. Changeup looked like it was working for the left-hander. I'm learning."
A reporter noted that Valentine seemed to take this loss particularly hard. The manager didn't dispute the notion.
"Oh, I don't like being dumb, you know? I like doing what I'm supposed to do," Valentine said.