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An ailing Eduardo Nunez: 'We have 3 more months to recover'

Rob Bradford
October 27, 2018 - 5:00 am

LOS ANGELES -- Eduardo Nunez neatly summed up his Friday night/Saturday morning immediately following the Red Sox' 3-2 Game 3, 18-inning loss to the Dodgers.

"We have two more games to go, and I think we have three more months to recover," Nunez said.

And then came his manager, Alex Cora, who also offered some succinct analysis.

"He was all over the place, huh?" Cora noted.

It wasn't complicated what Nunez represented in this one. He would get knocked down and then he would get up. Knocked down. Get up. It might not have been the kind of historic moment supplied by Kirk Gibson on the same Dodger Stadium field 30 years before, but the effort and attitude certainly seemed similar.

The first display of fortitude from Nunez came in the 13th inning when Dodgers' catcher Austin Barnes rolled up on Nunez's bad right ankle on a ball in the dirt. With Nunez writhing on the ground, Cora and the training staff came out to check on the infielder. 

"Well, actually after the dirt-ball, when the catcher ran over him, he felt he was in bad shape," Cora said. "But like I told him, he's like, 'I'm not coming out.' I said, 'Well, you can't come out. We have no more players.'"

One pitch later Nunez was sprinting down the line, beating out an errant toss to first by Dodgers pitcher Scott Alexander to allow Brock Holt to score the go-ahead run. Once again, the play left Nunez face down on the ground. But, partly because the Red Sox had no other options.

But not only did the third baseman stay in the game, but he punctuated his toughness in the next half inning when diving into the stands to make a catch on a Cody Bellinger pop-up for the second out of the 13th.

"I was just laughing because everything was happening at the wrong time," Nunez said. "It was unbelievable."

Nunez would ultimately go 2-for-4 after coming in for Rafael Devers, who had a rough night at the plate (0-for-3, 2 strikeouts).