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Eduardo Nunez makes perhaps worst defensive play of season

Rob Bradford
September 19, 2018 - 8:06 pm

NEW YORK -- Wrong play, wrong time.

Eduardo Nunez, who was playing in his first game in the field since injuring his knee six days before, suffered through perhaps the worst defensive play of the season for the Red Sox. Adding insult to injury was the result of the miscue.

With two outs in the second inning in the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Wednesday night, New York loaded the bases against starter David Price with Aaron Judge at-bat. Judge swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a routine grounder to Nunez at third base, coming in with an exit velocity of 81.9 mph.

But Nunez let the ball go right between his legs, allowing two runs to come in for a 3-0 Yankees lead.

Price would induce an inning-ending fly ball to right field off the bat off Aaron Hicks to strand a pair and keep the Red Sox within three runs.

Nunez would come back and cleanly field a ground ball hit with an exit velocity of 119 mph off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton for the first out of the bottom of the third inning.