Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports

Red Sox knew Manny Machado was stealing signs from 2B in Game 2 of World Series

Ryan Hannable
October 26, 2018 - 9:25 am

David Price had only one bad inning in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Dodgers when he allowed two runs in the fourth inning during the 4-2 win.

But, maybe there was a reason for the poor inning -- the Dodgers hitters knew what was coming at the plate.

According to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, Manny Machado was relaying signs to hitters from second base and the Red Sox knew it, including pitching coach Dana LeVangie.

"I wish I would have gone out there before the [Yasiel] Puig at-bat, before he came up in that situation, because I saw the whole thing," LeVangie told Miller after the game.

Machado was on second base with the bases loaded for Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly where he swung at the first pitch and then during the next at-bat with Enrique Hernandez at the plate things got interesting.

During the nine-pitch at-bat, Machado seemed to be relaying both pitch and location with a variety of motions -- sometimes touching his helmet, sometimes pulling on his jersey and sometimes touching his pants.

Hernandez ended up by striking out, but LeVangie knew what was going on.

"Was it a little exaggerated? Yeah, maybe, but I saw the whole thing," LeVangie said. "I had told Alex [Cora] I wanted to go [to the mound] before the Puig at-bat because I wanted to talk about some things. But when a guy gets a big punchout in that situation and a coach comes out to take a visit ... I didn't want to [expletive] with the momentum there because David got a huge strikeout."

Machado was still on second for the next hitter, Puig, and after giving a motion on the first pitch, he lined a single to center to tie the game at two.

"David makes a good pitch on Puig," LeVangie said. "He jams him. [Puig] gets a flair. Then I gotta go out. But I talked to him with some small things after that, and he got out of that inning. I had a clear point I wanted to [make] after that at-bat because I saw Manny the entire time. I knew what he was doing."

The Red Sox pitching coach spoke to Price following the inning.

"We had a conversation," LeVangie said. "I don't want to get into the depths of it, but I brought up exactly what you're talking about. I let it get in my way—because of the strikeout, I didn't go out there [earlier]. I was so pissed that I didn't."

Looks like the Red Sox will need to switch some signs, especially when runners are at second base this weekend when the series shifts to LA.

Related: Story behind Mookie Betts feeding Boston homeless