Ross throws out three would-be base thieves

Ross throws out three would-be base thieves
September 22, 2013, 12:00 am
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BOSTON --  Jose Reyes, Rajai Davis, and Anthony Gose entered Saturday’s game with a combined 62 stolen bases in 74 attempts, an impressive success rate of 83.7 percent for the trio.
 
But David Ross made sure they didn’t improve that percentage Saturday night. Ross threw out all three would-be base stealers in each of their attempts. It was the first time he had thrown out three base stealers in a game in his career. It was also the first time a Red Sox catcher had thrown out as many as three attempted base stealers in a game since Scott Hatteburg caught three Angels on April 30, 1998.
 
“When you’re hitting .200 you better bring something to the team,” Ross said, with a laugh.
 
“It’s nice to throw out three guys. I don’t know if I’ve done that in my career but there’s a lot of credit that’s not due me. Stephen [Drew] picked two balls that were short. He put a good quick tag down and those guys gave me good looks at times to the plate so I could get rid of that thing. It’s never an individual effort. It’s always a team effort. You guys know that.”
 
* The Red Sox lost for just the fifth time in their last 17 games. All five losses were decided by two or fewer runs

* They Sox are now 10-8 against the Blue Jays in 2013.
 
* Shane Victorino went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, extending his American League lead to 18 times getting hit, 17 as a right-handed hitter. He is now third on the Sox all-time list getting hit by pitches, trailing only Don Baylor, who was hit 35 times in 1986, and 24 in 1987. Victorino has been hit by a pitch 15 times in 40 games since Aug. 4 to lead the majors...Entering Saturday, no major leaguer had been hit by a pitch more than five times in that span. With his career-high 10th sacrifice bunt in the first inning, Victorino joins John Valentin, who had 11 home runs and 16 sacrifice bunts in 1993, as the only Sox with 10 or more sacrifice bunts and 10 or more home runs in a season since Butch Hobson in 1977, who had 30 home runs and 10 bunts.
 
* Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a run scored. It was his first game batting in the leadoff spot as a Red Sox. He last did it on Sept. 27, 2012 at Texas while with Oakland.
 
* Dustin Pedroia appeared as a pinch hitter for the ninth time in his career, and first since Aug. 10, 2011 at Minnesota. He struck out in his only at-bat to end his hit streak at 10 games, in which he was batting .356, going 16-for-45.
 
* Ryan Dempster pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout. It was his 1st appearance out of the bullpen since Sept. 30, 2007 at Cincinnati while with the Cubs, a span of 189 consecutive starts.