Xander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Xander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
August 17, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON - Things just aren't going that well at all for Xander Bogaerts.

The second inning of Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Astros was a microcosm of his season.

Joe Kelly and the Red Sox were set to escape the 2nd inning allowing two runs as Xander Bogaerts fielded a grounder near the second-base bag, ran to the bag for the tag, and then threw to first for the inning-ending double play.

Not so fast.

Astros manager Bo Porter came out to argue that Bogaerts threw to first base before touching second base.

Seeing as the argument was the first of its kind this season, crew chief Jim Joyce had to phone into the replay center in New York to get a ruling on if the play was reviewable. While the "neighborhood rule" (when the shortstop or second baseman receives a throw from a teammate and glides over second base before throwing to first base as to protect himself from the oncoming baserunner) is not reviewable, this was a different case because Bogaerts made the play himself.

The play was deemed reviewable, and it was overturned. That meant only the out at first was made, and the inning continued on.

"Tried to get a double play right there for Joe Kelly, but it didn't go that way," Bogaerts said. "I wish I could do it again. I just knew right away that once I let the ball go out of my hand I stepped on the base after. So I knew he was safe if they replayed it. I kind of saw him coming at me so I tried to get rid of it pretty quick, but I got rid of it a little too quick."

Bogaerts admitted that he was thinking about the neighborhood rule as he was making the throw. But what happened two batters later would really hurt the Sox - and especially Bogaerts. After Kelly walked the next batter, Jose Altuve stepped to the plate and blasted a grand slam that opened up the game.

There's no doubt that will be playing through Bogaerts' mind for a while.

"When Altuve hit that grand slam, it couldn't get any worse than that," Bogaerts said. "It's probably one of the worse feelings I could have had."

The grand slam put John Farrell over the top. He was ejected from the game having already been fed up with the fact the double-play was ruled reviewable to begin with.

"The first explanation I got completely contradicts what took place," Farrell said. "Which says that this is a play that is not reviewable. The front end of a double play is not a reviewable play at second base regardless of how it comes about. That didn't seem to be the case. I do know that after they conferred on the field they called New York to see if it was reviewable play, and that's where it was determined to be reviewed, challenged, and overturned."

Bogaerts was visibly down in the clubhouse after the game, but trying to remain positive anyways. Nobody is harder on him than he is.

"You guys have no clue," Bogaerts said. "Sometimes I hide it on the outside, but inside it's just tough."