Defense lets Sox down in Toronto

Defense lets Sox down in Toronto
August 15, 2013, 12:30 am
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TORONTO -- For the most part, the Red Sox have been a good defensive team this season, but that certainly wasn't the case Wednesday night in the a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
     
*In the third inning, Rajai Davis hit a comebacker to starter Jon Lester.
     
Lester fumbled with the ball for a second, then, realizing Davis's speed, hurried his throw. Lester has had difficulty making throws to
first all season, and this one was particularly bad -- an underhand throw to first baseman Mike Napoli, which rolled past Napoli and down the
right field line.
     
The speedy Davis then turned second and headed to third as Shane Victorino picked up the ball and tried to cut him down at third. But
the throw took an odd bounce and struck Davis on the helmet, rolled away from third baseman Will Middlebrooks as Davis came home with the game's first run.
     
Four bases and a run on a comebacker to the mound, thanks to errors.
     
"It's something we've worked on from Day One of spring training,'' said John Farrell of Lester's issues throwing to first. "The underhand
flip kind of got inside the baseline and Nap was looking to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, it leads to a guy who's flying around the bases and a couple of [bad) throws.''
     
"Obviously, [Davis'] speed makes you rush a little bit,'' said Lester. "For me, it was just kind of a balls-out play. I've got to sell out
and try to get him. Not knowing where the ball is, obviously, I'm not trying to throw the ball down the line. It would have been nice to keep him on third, but the ball takes a bad hop and he scores the run.''
     
*In the sixth inning, after the Red Sox had cut into the lead with a homer by David Ortiz and trailed 2-1, Lester had two out and Edwin
Encarnacion on third.
     
But J.P. Arencibia hit a fastball to left, and Jonny Gomes couldn't get to it before it dropped in on the warning track for a run-scoring
double.
     
Gomes has made some tough defensive plays in the last two weeks, but he can be erratic, and Arencibia's double was a ball that was in
the air a long time. A more accomplished outfielder would have caught the ball for the third out.