This Jackie Bradley Jr. catch would’ve made much more of an impact if the Red Sox had beaten the A’s on Friday. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

A’s 3, Red Sox 2: Amazing Jackie Bradley Jr. catch wasted by Mark Canha walkoff homer

John Tomase
May 20, 2017 - 1:12 am

Jackie Bradley Jr. saved the Red Sox from defeat in the bottom of the ninth with one of the best catches of the year.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Red Sox starter Chris Sale told reporters regarding the catch. “That’s as good of an outfield catch that you’re going to see. This is a big ballpark and he had to cover a lot of ground. We all know he’s really good at doing that. Jackie making that catch right there, I said it out loud, ‘we’re going to win this game.’ That’s how I feel about this team, feeding off of energy, feeding off each other, and all that.”

There was no saving Heath Hembree in the 10th. Or the Red Sox offense, for that matter.

Mark Canha blasted a walkoff homer leading off the frame and the Red Sox wasted another 10-strikeout outing from Chris Sale in a 3-2 loss at Oakland on Friday night.

The game appeared over with two outs in the ninth when Ryon Healy blasted a Craig Kimbrel offering to deep center, where Bradley reached over the fence to rob him of the winning homer with a leaping catch.

This loss was on the offense. The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and wasted a prime opportunity to blow open a 2-0 lead when Trevor Plouffe made a nice play on a Hanley Ramirez smash up the third base line with two outs and the bases loaded.

The Red Sox have now lost two straight games to the A’s, who aren’t exactly the iron of the American League.

Sale did his part. Even though he wasn’t at his sharpest, he still limited the A’s to two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 for the eighth straight start and walked none.

Mitch Moreland gave the Red Sox all of their offense with a two-run homer in the fourth, following a Xander Bogaerts double. Moreland nearly played the hero in the ninth, but left fielder Khris Davis chased down his opposite-field liner at the foul line with two outs and Andrew Benintendi on second.

The Red Sox are now a perfectly mediocre 20-21 and their offense continues to plague them. They have not scored more than six runs in a game since May 9 and they’ve scored four or fewer in six of their last nine.

They also haven’t won or lost more than two in a row since April 18, muddying along in the middle of the American League East.