Pedroia's daring dash in 14th goes for naught

Pedroia's daring dash in 14th goes for naught
August 10, 2014, 10:15 am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In an epic game that lasted 19 innings, Dustin Pedroia had himself a 14th inning to remember.

In the top of the inning, Pedroia, who was on with a one-out single, stole second base. And when he slid in safely, taking note that because of the Los Angeles Angels' overshift, he got up and motored to third base, too, which was uncovered.

"I knew it was a possibility,'' said Pedroia after the Red Sox dropped a 19-inning marathon, 5-4. "Either the catcher or the pitcher [sometimes] head over [to cover third]. But when I popped up [at second], I peeked over and no one was there, so I took a chance at it.''

The daring move paid off when David Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly to left, enabling Pedroia to score the go-ahead run at 4-3.

But that lead didn't last long.

In the bottom of the inning, with Junichi Tazawa on the mound, the Angels loaded the bases with no out. The Red Sox had the infield back at double-play depth.

"We're conceding the run to get the two outs,'' explained John Farrell.

Mike Trout then hit a ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts flipped the ball to Pedroia at second to got Kole Calhoun, but as soon as he took the feed, Pedroia, instead of going to first for the traditional double play, fired home attempting to cut down Chris Iannetta with the tying run.

The throw was a bit too late, however, and Iannetta scored.

"I think Pedey's read on the runner [from third] was that there might be a chance to cut down a runner at the plate,'' said Farrell. "It didn't come back to haunt us and we were able to get through the inning with just one allowed.''

"Trout runs a 3.7 [seconds] down to first,'' said Pedroia, noting the futility of trying to double him up, "and he hit out in front. I'd rather try to win and get that [tying run] if we could. We ended up the game tied and we got out of it.

"It's tough to play the infield in. They hit a chopper and we lose because the winning run on second. I told Bogey before, 'If he smokes the ball to you, try to give it to me out in front [of the second base bag] so we can get the out at home because Trout runs so good.' Iannetta just a great jump [from third].''

Five innings later, it ended in defeat.

"We've played some long ones, but that was pretty long,'' Pedroia said.

And ultimately, futile.