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Red Sox use Xander Bogaerts lead-off triple to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the fifth inning

Oct 26, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

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Red Sox rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts helped the Red Sox finally get to Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in the fifth inning of Game 3. The 21-year-old hit a slicing liner to right-center, tailing away from center fielder Jon Jay. Right fielder Carlos Beltran gave chase and attempted to cut it off after it landed, but the ball skipped under his glove to the wall. Bogaerts raced around to third base with ease for a lead-off triple. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk to set up runners on the corners with no outs.

As quickly as they had set themselves up with a golden opportunity, the Red Sox appeared just as eager to see it disappear. Stephen Drew struck out, meaning the Cardinals were one ground ball double play from escaping danger. They almost got it, as Mike Carp hit a slow chopper to second base, but Matt Carpenter could only get the out at second base as Bogaerts scored to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals. Jacoby Ellsbury struck out on a 96 MPH fastball to end the inning.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    The one good thing about Stephen Drew completely forgetting how to swing a bat is that at least he didn’t ground into a double play.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I want to watch batting practice sometime to see if Drew even makes contact.

    At this point we should all be amazed he can even find the batter’s box.

  3. face21000x - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    At lease we don’t have to watch Gomes “swing.” I put those in quotes because the truth is, he can’t take a full swing around his fat self

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Hey.. when that half swing makes actually makes contact the ball goes pretty far. I like to think he’s conserving energy to run.

  4. sabatimus - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I think Dana DeMuth and Stephen Drew must be comparing notes.

  5. wilkisoft - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    To hell with Stephen Drew. He licks b-holes.

  6. kiwicricket - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Drew should be closing his eyes and not swinging. Pretty sure he would walk more.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      An errant pitch might hit his bat and improve his contact rate.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        Needs to leave his bat in the dugout…hold his arms out like a zombie? HBP or the pitcher spray-canning it everywhere for a walk. It’s viable.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      He does close his eyes when he swings. I’ve noticed it all season. The first time I’ve ever seen him swing with them open was on a strike out the other night.. I guess he’s trying to make an adjustment. I would think looking at the ball you want to hit would be a pretty good place to start, but what do I know.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        Does he really?

        I’m surprised he hasn’t missed time with an injured eyelid….I mean a sprained ocular sheathing.

  7. themagicfanguy - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    How?!? HOW IS DREW STILL IN THE LINEUP ?!?

  8. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I’m just glad Joe Buck reminded me where Xander was from. I was starting to forget.

  9. thedudeabides422 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    How is Kozma still in the line up?

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      He did make an amazing play earlier in the game on defense.

  10. wilkisoft - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Drew’s defense keeps him in the lineup. His one-handed swing and swinging at bad pitches should have him next to Gomes on the bench.

  11. midjerseyfatcat - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Forget about Drew and his lack of hitting. IMO Xander Bogarets should be leading off. Let’s get some up there guys that make good contact up in the line-up and really raise some hell with the Cardinal pitching staff. Of course any American League team has a severe disadvantage playing in a National League park but Boston can do way better that what they have been doing. No team has ever won a championship leaving the bat on their shoulder. They have to develop the mentality of Ortiz and Dustin Pedoria if they want to win and swing at good pitches with anger and attack the ball.

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