So much for using Andrew Bailey in low-pressure situations.
After blowing three saves in a 10-day span, Bailey was displaced from the Red Sox’ closer role last Friday, at which time manager John Farrell admitted the best way to help Bailey through his struggles may be to pitch him when the outcome of a game isn’t hanging in the balance.
But Farrell didn’t have much choice in the seventh inning here yesterday. Reluctant to use Junichi Tazawa for two innings after he had either warmed up or pitched in three of the last four days, and with lefties Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow reserved for later in the game, Farrell turned to Bailey.

“That’s where we were in the bullpen,” Farrell said.
Sure enough, Bailey yielded Austin Jackson’s leadoff single and a one-out single to Miguel Cabrera before being lifted for Miller. The Detroit Tigers loaded the bases, and after Miller struck out Victor Martinez, he hit Jhonny Peralta with a two-strike pitch to force in the tying run in an eventual 7-5 loss.
Bailey has allowed runs in four consecutive outings and five of his last six.
One inning later, Farrell called on rookie reliever Alex Wilson to clean up a bases-loaded, no-out jam rather than going with Breslow. Wilson gave up the go-ahead sacrifice fly to Torii Hunter before Breslow entered and allowed a two-run single to lefty-swinging Prince Fielder.
“Wilson only had a certain number of pitches available (after throwing 11⁄3 innings here Saturday night),” Farrell said. “We’re in a one-run game. If we go extra innings, it’s hard to say who’s going to be available.”
The decisions to use Bailey and Wilson only amplified the Red Sox’ choice Saturday night to not add another reliever, even though lefty Franklin Morales was unavailable because of shoulder discomfort that may be related to an early-season pectoral strain. With a day off today, they believed they could get by without making a roster move.