Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval reflects on worst day as Red Sox

Rob Bradford
June 04, 2015 - 5:11 pm

It was by far the low point for Pablo Sandoval during his time as a member of the Red Sox. The third baseman not only went 0-for-4, lowering his batting average to .239, but made two crucial errors, both of which led to runs. Sandoval, who saw his OPS drop to .658, has now made seven errors. What it paved the way to this time was an 8-4 loss by the Red Sox to the Twins Thursday afternoon, and a throng of media waiting to talk to Sandoval at his locker after the game. "It's tough. But you'€™ve got to keep your head up," Sandoval said. "Tomorrow's another day. It was a tough game, tough situation. You try to do the best you can, try to make a play, try to win games." The first miscue came in the sixth inning when, with the Red Sox holding a one-run lead, Eduardo Escobar hit a routine grounder to Sandoval. The third baseman proceeded to sail his throw over first baseman Mike Napoli'€™s head, allowing Escobar to reach second. The error proved costly, with Kurt Suzuki tying the game with an RBI single to right-center field. Sandoval'€™s second error -- coming in the ninth inning -- proved even more damaging. With runners on first and second, nobody out, the game tied and Red Sox closer Koji Uehara on the mound Minnesota'€™s Joe Mauer put down a bunt in front of the plate. Sox catcher Blake Swihart grabbed the ball and threw it to third for what appeared to be in plenty of time to get a force on baserunner Brian Dozier. But Sandoval couldn'€™t get his glove on the throw, which grazed the ground only because the third baseman drew back on the toss, slightly. "I tried to do everything to stop the ball," Sandoval said, "but it got under my glove." When asked if he took the blame for the play, he added, "Yeah. Yeah. That'€™s my fault." After the throw skipped into left field, Dozier would come in with the eventual game-winning run. The play was immediately followed by a Trevor Plouffe RBI single, ending Uehara'€™s day and paving the way for a four-run ninth. "Mauer'€™s bunt is not a surprise," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The ball is right there in front of home plate and we have a chance to cut down a lead runner at third base. On a throw that'€™s not a difficult short hop, unfortunately gets through Pablo and gives them a go-ahead run." Among the questions asked of Sandoval following the loss was in regards to his comfort level this season. "Yeah. I feel comfortable. Why do you ask me that?'€ he responded. When told he didn'€™t look at ease, Sandoval said, "I look comfortable. I am comfortable. You feel the way I'm feeling? You know inside of me? You don'€™t have anything if I feel right or not. That'€™s not the right question." After the game in the Red Sox clubhouse, however, there was plenty of discomfort with how things unfolded. "That was a poor display of baseball today," Farrell said. "Those situations are addressed individually, they'€™re addressed collectively, and we will continue to do so."