Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia bunts for first time in almost three years

Rob Bradford
April 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm

It didn't seem like a familiar sight, and, as it turned out, it wasn't. For the first time in almost three years Dustin Pedroia put down a sacrifice bunt, this time pushing a Wei-Yin Chen third-inning pitch down the first base line to move along Ryan Hanigan to third base and Mookie Betts to second. After the bunt (which came with nobody out), David Ortiz popped out to shallow left before Chen issued walks to Allen Craig and Mike Napoli for the inning's second run. The Red Sox four-run frame was capped when Betts and Craig came in after Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado couldn't handle Shane Victorino's grounder. The inning resulted in a 5-1 Red Sox lead heading into the fourth. "Because it was negative-30 and raining," said Pedroia when asked about the bunt, referencing weather conditions that ultimately ended the Red Sox 7-1 win after 6 1/2 innings. The last time Pedroia executed such a play was June 19, 2012 game in Miami, his only sacrifice bunt of that season. In that case the second base moved over Mike Aviles from second base in the fifth inning of a tie game, leading to an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly. It would prove to be the eventual game-winning run in a 7-5 Red Sox win. Pedroia finished Monday's win with two hits in his three at-bats, boosting his batting average to .280. He was coming a day off following the first two games of the Orioles' series in which he went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. The second baseman had gone 6-for-11 in the three games against Washington.