Where to begin distributing responsibility for tonight's loss? Does it start and end with Brooks Conrad, who's errors directly contributed to two of the Giants' three runs? How much blame should go to Bobby Cox, who could have replaced Conrad with Diory Hernandez to start the 9th inning, and at least preserved a tie? And how much can be chalked up to simple bad luck? If the second base umpire had been two feet to the right or left, it's an easy play.
I always feel especially bad for young players who have problems in the postseason. Hopefully Conrad recovers for games four and five. And hopefully Cox won't be such an idiot tomorrow.