BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts stood in the batter's box in the bottom of the 7th inning with Tigers reliever Evan Reed on the mound.
Reed had just been brought in in relief of Max Scherzer who was chased when Mike Carp singled to left field on his 103rd pitch of the game.
Bogaerts got four straight 4-seam fastballs from Reed, ranging from 95 MPH to 98 MPH. With a 1-2 count, he got a fifth 4-seamer at 96 MPH . . . right off the left wrist.
Down went Bogaerts - and it didn't look pretty. Luckily, the pitch didn't do any serious damage somehow. After shaking it off and getting it looked at by John Farrell and the Sox trainer, Bogaerts made his way down to first base and stayed in the game.
"We somewhat dodged a bullet," Farrell said. "He got hit right above the wrist. I'm sure he's a little bit sore but should be ready to go tomorrow."
Bogaerts was a bit shaken up at first but soon realized he would be OK.
"I mean, I got hit in my bone, definitely I would think [something bad happened]," Bogaerts said. "But after, I didn't feel any pain and I just kept going from there. Yeah, it was pretty scary, but I guess I'm blessed."
Bogaerts said that he would be ready to go for Saturday's game. He was 0-2 on the night.
To no surprise, Max Scherzer had another superb outing for the Tigers Friday night, improving to 6-1 on the year and lowering his ERA to 1.83.
Scherzer threw 6.0 scoreless innings allowing just three hits while walking four and striking out seven. It was his fourth scoreless outing of the season.
"Well, as he's been all year," Farrell said when asked about Scherzer's night. "I mean the numbers back up just how good of a pitcher he's been not just this year but last year and years before. We had a couple opportunities in those middle innings but he made a key double play a couple of times. One to [Grady] Sizemore, one to [Mike] Carp early on and take the bat out of David [Ortiz's] hand early on for the intentional walk, and made two really good pitches against [Mike] Napoli to end the threat."
David Ross had one of three hits off Scherzer on the night, a leadoff single in the 6th inning. He ended up being stranded on third base.
"He was good. He's Max Scherzer. He's one of the top pitchers in the game and that's why he's won the awards he's won," Ross said. "He's a quality pitcher. He establishes his fastball, his slider was really good today. We had some tough at-bats off him. I thought we got his pitch count up pretty good like we kind of want to do, and we had some chances. Grady [Sizemore] had a heck of an at-bat and smoked that ball for that double play, but that was a heck of an at-bat off a really quality pitcher. Just couldn't squeeze that last one across."