Napoli on error: 'I just didn't make the play'

Napoli on error: 'I just didn't make the play'
April 22, 2014, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox' defensive play behind Jon Lester was less than stellar Tuesday night, as balls fell in the outfield and a first-inning passed ball and throwing error by catcher A.J. Pierzynski led to a run.

But one misplay hurt more than all the others.

In the fifth inning, after the Sox had used homers by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to make a game of it against the Yankees, an error by Napoli at first proved more costly than any other.

With two on and two out, Brian Roberts hit a liner to first base. Napoli gloved it, but the ball then tipped off the glove and rolled into right field.

Before Lester could record another out, four runs, all of them unearned, came around to score and put the game out of reach for the Red Sox.

"I just didn't make the play,'' said Napoli. "It was a little weird because (Brian) McCann was on first and kind of lost (the liner because he was screened by the baserunner) for a second. I thought I was on it. I just had to stick with it and see it into my glove. I need to make that play.

"It was a key situation in that game. We scored two runs (in the bottom of the previous) inning and that would have been the final out. It let them have a big inning. I just didn't make the play.''

Napoli dislocated his finger last week in Chicago and it's still sore and taped, but he said that didn't factor in the play.

"No, none of that,'' said Napoli. "It just went off my glove. It kind of disappeared for a bit, but I need to make that play.''