Mookie Betts

John Farrell not pleased after another Red Sox outfielder forgets number of outs

Rob Bradford
July 01, 2015 - 1:45 pm

TORONTO -- If losing 11-2 to the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon wasn't bad enough, along came the punctuation for the Red Sox' blowout loss. With two outs in the sixth inning and Josh Donaldson at third base, Edwin Encarnacion lofted a fly ball to center field, which Mookie Betts camped under. But instead of simply catching the ball and running into the dugout Betts launched a throw home. Betts had become the second Red Sox outfielder in the last four games to lose track of the number of outs, this time thinking Donaldson was tagging up from third. "I just lost focus for a second," Betts explained. "At least I caught it, so that's three outs." When asked about the miscue again, the center fielder said, "It was three outs. Sometimes you have mental breakdowns, especially after a long game. I messed up." Red Sox manager John Farrell was a bit more pointed in his analysis of the play, having to watch Jackie Bradley Jr. make a similar mistake on the final out of Sunday's win over the Rays. "There'€™s no excuse for that," said Farrell of Betts' mistake. "Losing track of the outs in the inning is not something --€“ it can'€™t be accepted."