What may have put it over the top, however, was the belief that left-handers have a big advantage over the hitters in an afternoon game at Fenway Park. That appeared to be the case with Wolf, who gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings, but it didn’t seem to help Red Sox lefty reliever
Maybe were making this way too complicated. It's possible that Wolf pitched well because Showalter gave him the ball. This season is dotted with instances where Showalter made a less-than-obvious pitching decision and it turned out to be golden.