Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz explain being thrown out on bases in 1-run loss to Orioles

Ryan Hannable
July 06, 2014 - 5:11 pm

With the Red Sox' 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Orioles on Sunday, Boston has lost 19 one-run games this season -- the most in the American League. In close losses, players always look back on a few plays here or there that could have gone differently and changed the outcome in the game. A few of those plays occurred for the Red Sox on Sunday, especially on the bases. In a 6-6 game with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dustin Pedroia lined a single to right-center. With David Ortiz up, Pedroia attempted to steal second base and was thrown out on a close play by catcher Caleb Joseph. The Red Sox challenged the call but lost. "In that situation [Pedroia] probably slid a little bit early," manager John Farrell said. "I think, in that situation, we'€™re trying to be aggressive, trying to add 90 feet. We had a key on [Brad] Brach, the pitcher on the mound at the time. Unfortunately we came up a half a hand short." There were some questions asked after the game if attempting to steal was the right decision, as if Pedroia reaches second base the Orioles could have intentionally walked Ortiz with first base vacant. "I'€™m trying to score, man," Pedroia said. "If they walk David, whatever. Trying to get into scoring position to win the game, that'€™s it." Farrell also defended the move, noting the club was just trying to get a runner into scoring position for the game-winning run. "No guarantee of a base hit in that situation, but we'€™re trying to get a man in scoring position when we'€™re in the middle of the order," Farrell said. Ortiz then walked and Mike Napoli struck out to end the inning. In the 12th inning, with the Red Sox trailing by a run and one out, Ortiz ripped a ball down the left field line into the corner. Ortiz didn't hesitate rounding first, not realizing the ball had bounced right to left fielder David Lough, and was thrown out at second base by a few feet. "I'€™m trying to get closer to the plate, man," said Ortiz. "Hit a ball close to the line and I was going for it and the guy made a nice play. What can you do? Those things happen." Ortiz said there was no hesitation rounding first base because he knows where opposing left fielders play him. "I know the left fielder plays me left-center, they don'€™t play me down the line, and I know that ball was down the line and I was just going for second," he said. Napoli then struck out to end the game, dropping the Red Sox to 39-49 on the year. Pedroia points to the Red Sox' performance in one-run games (15-19) as being a prominent factor in their overall record, knowing one play having a different outcome in those games could change the final result. "We haven'€™t won the close games," Pedroia said. "We've played a lot of one-run games and that'€™s been the difference. One hit, one play being made in those games, it'€™s a different story right now."