Monday, December 9, 2013
Both Jake Peavy and Dustin Pedroia were taking responsibility after Wednesday’s 7-3 loss. Meanwhile, manager John Farrell said Xander Bogaerts may be starting on Thursday.
See today's game story.
Peavy’s command was a problem, especially in the five-run second inning when he walked three batters, including the slumping Austin Jackson on four pitches, with bases loaded.
“It’s tough,” Peavy said. “When you feel like you let the boys down, there is not a worse feeling than I have now. Bad taste in my mouth.
“Just couldn’t make the big pitch to minimize the damage. Innings with that ballclub, as we saw in Game 2, can escalate.
“No excuse. It’s on me. My sinker was really good tonight. I had trouble reeling it in and throwing it where I need to throw it. You can’t give guys free passes. I did that.
“Getting to Jackson. you know he’s not swinging the bat real well. Got to make him swing the bat and I just couldn’t do that.”
Farrell said he thought Peavy “was crisp in the first inning and in the second inning looked like he pitched a little too fine.”
The initial play-by-play in that second inning: Martinez single, Peralta walk (four pitches), Avila walk (eight pitches), Infante fly out, Jackson RBI walk (four pitches), Iglesias fielder’s choice …
The fielder’s choice was a hard hit grounder to Pedroia. He did not field it cleanly and could not begin a double play, which would have ended the inning and limited Detroit to one run. Instead, Detroit scored on the grounder and added three more runs for a 5-0 lead.
“He kind of back spun it. I thought it was going to hop up and it stayed down,” Pedroia said. “It didn’t land in the web of my glove and we got one out instead of two. My responsibility to turn double plays, to get a ground ball and field it clean.
“The ball was smoked. If I catch it, we get two. Want to limit the damage and I didn’t do that. Got to make that play.”
Farrell: “Looked like it handcuffed Pedey a little bit. He’s so consistent. He’s such a good defender. The ball was hard. He squares and typically that’s a routine double play we’ve seen many, many times over.”
Peavy said “that’s a tough play for Pedey. That’s not on him. I got to do a better job.”
Farrell was encouraged by his team’s 12 hits: “We continually do a very good job of creating opportunities.”
“A lot of guys put some swings on the ball,” Pedroia said. “It’s encouraging going into tomorrow.”
Two players who struggled at the plate were Will Middlebrooks (0-for-2, two strikeouts) and Stephen Drew (0-for-4, two strikeouts). Middlebrooks is batting .100 in this series, Drew .077.
Meanwhile, Bogaerts doubled in his only at-bat.
Will we see Bogaerts in the lineup Thursday?
“Haven’t made a decision on the lineup,” Farrell said. “But given the way the left side of the infield - we’re struggling a little bit to get production out of that side.
“So it’s something that’s being considered.”
Seems like an obvious decision. What is not so clear is whether Bogaerts plays short or third. (The guess here is third).
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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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