Red Sox DH David Ortiz got the benefit of a lucky bounce on a long fly ball to right field in Boston's pivotal five-run fourth inning, and spoke about the odd play after Boston's 12-2 win over the Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Ortiz followed Dustin Pedroia's leadoff single by hitting a deep fly to right-center that Rays right fielder Wil Myers misplayed into a ground-rule double. It appeared that Myers was in position to make the catch before bailing out and allowing the ball to bounce into the Red Sox's bullpen.
"Well, it was so confusing because, I saw [Myers] kind of got underneath of the ball, and the next thing I know, I saw the thing bouncing behind, but I thought it bounced in the bullpen or whatever," Ortiz told ESPN's Buster Olney. "It was confusing, but since like somebody called it or whatever, [Myers] gave up on it, and it was crazy."
Myers took the blame for the miscue after the game, saying that he wasn't called off by center fielder Desmond Jennings but "saw him out of the corner of [his] eye and backed off," simply making a mistake by not finishing the play and by failing to make the catch on the warning track.
Instead of having one out and Pedroia on first base, the Sox ended up with Pedroia on third and Ortiz on second with no outs. After first baseman Mike Napoli popped out to second, left fielder Jonny Gomes doubled off the Green Monster in left to score Pedroia and Ortiz to tie the game 2-2. The Sox tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning, and the rout was on.