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.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.