Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts' throwing error hands White Sox win over Red Sox

Rob Bradford
April 15, 2014 - 7:54 pm
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A cold night got much colder by the end of the evening for the Red Sox. With two outs in the ninth inning, Xander Bogaerts one-hopped what appeared to be a routine throw to first on a Marcus Semien grounder. First baseman Mike Carp failed to dig the ball out, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run all the way from second, handing the White Sox a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on a frigid Tuesday night in Chicago. "Yeah, I mean, cold weather, but that'€™s no excuse for that play," Bogaerts told reporters. "That'€™s  a ball I should've thrown right in the chest to him, or more in the zone." The final pitch was thrown by reliever Chris Capuano, who appeared to have struck out Semien the pitch before on a checked swing on a 2-2 fastball. The Red Sox lefty had come on with one out and Ramirez on first, with Burke Badenhop having allowed a single to the White Sox shortstop. Making matters worst for the Red Sox was that Mike Napoli dislocated his left ring finger sliding head first into second base in the ninth inning. The first baseman was advancing to second on a wild pitch. He was immediately replaced by Dustin Pedroia, walking off the field with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson. "It'€™s not broke," Napoli told reporters. "I can play with some soreness. We'€™ll see how it feels tomorrow. He added, "I saw my finger sideways. The first thing I thought was, I don'€™t really know what to think. But I've seen people with dislocated fingers before. They pop it back in, be sore." Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Red Sox starter Jake Peavy's only miscue came to former teammate Adam Dunn, who pulled a 92 mph fastball from the pitcher over the right-field fence to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning. -- Ryan Roberts continued to struggle since joining the Red Sox, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being pinch hit for by Carp. Roberts is 2-for-14 this season. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- A.J. Pierzynski threw out his second runner of the season, gunning down Alejandro De Aza for the first out of Chicago's half of the ninth inning. Pierzynski also drew his first walk of the season, having drawn just three free passes in the entire second half of the 2013 season. -- Peavy turned in another stellar outing, this time allowing just one run over six innings. The righty struck out eight, walked two and allowed three hits in his 113-pitch outing. In three starts, Peavy has allowed just four runs over 18 2/3 innings, striking out eight in each of his last two starts. "We've played 14 games. We've got 148 left. So you're looking at a lot of baseball," the pitcher told reporters. "We certainly wish we've gotten off to a better start. We understand we haven't played our best. What we've had is plenty enough to win. We just haven't gotten that big hit or made that pitch. But there ain't nobody in here doubting that that's coming, I promise you that. It's going to take a lot more -- a lot, lot more of this for anybody here to press or panic." He added, "We're not catching any breaks, on the field baseball-wise, and obviously health wise. [Napoli]'s just sliding in, trying to be aggressive. Obviously it stinks, to lose any more key, core pieces. Your starters, the nine guys you're going to run out there have to stay healthy for us to be the team we want to be. We just have to try to hold the fort down and get some wins until we get everyone back feeling the way we need to feel and know we can play." -- Daniel Nava launched his second home run of the season, taking Erik Johnson deep in the fourth inning. It would be the only run allowed by the White Sox starter, who had allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.

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