17 strandees doom Sox in crushing loss

In the wake of the Red Sox stranding 17 runners against Oakland, there is a general dismay not usually seen.

Updated: August 21, 2003, 10:41 AM ET
By Jim Baker
There are a lot of frustrating ways to lose baseball games. Here a few candidates for "top" honors:

Tying run gets picked off base.
Wild pitch allows winning run to score.
Umpire misses key call.
Fielder boots final out opportunity.
Runner representing tying run falls down between third and home.

Perhaps the most frustrating of all, however, is the inability to drive home runners. Based on the reaction in the New England press this morning, this might just top the list, for, in the wake of the Red Sox stranding 17 runners against Oakland last night, there is a general dismay not seen after most losses. Check out these headlines:
Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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