Rapid Reaction: White Sox 2, Red Sox 1
April, 15, 2014
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com
CHICAGO -- Takeaways from a frigid U.S. Cellular Field, where under a blood red moon the Red Sox may have lost another player while dropping a 2-1 game to the Chicago White Sox in excruciating fashion, rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts bouncing a throw with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to let the winning run score. Alexei Ramirez scored from second as first baseman Mike Carp was unable to field Bogaerts's throw on the hop.
Regular first baseman Mike Napoli left the game in the top of the ninth with what the team said was a dislocated finger. He sustained the injury when he slid headfirst into second base trying to advance on a wild pitch. Replays showed Napoli’s left ring finger bent at an unnatural angle. X-rays on the finger were negative.
The Sox already have two regulars on the disabled list in outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, while second baseman Dustin Pedroia was diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist after missing Sunday’s game. Pedroia did not start Tuesday but replaced Napoli as a pinch runner in the ninth.
The weather: The White Sox announced that the game-time temperature was 40 degrees, which must have had a plus-or-minus five degrees of accuracy, as even hardened scouts who always sit outside sought shelter in a closed-in pressbox. Batting practice on the field was cancelled, the upper deck was closed, and the only position player on either team to wear short sleeves was White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton. Most Red Sox players wore ski masks.
The home runs: White Sox strongman Adam Dunn took Jake Peavy deep in the second inning for his third home run to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Daniel Nava answered two innings later with his second home of the season, and second in five days, a solo drive deep into the right-field seats to tie the score at 1.
The whiffs: Returning to the ballpark he called home for the better part of five seasons, Peavy struck out eight in six innings, the second straight start in which he registered eight whiffs. White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson, rated the No. 2 White Sox prospect by Baseball America, struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.
The frozen pipes: The Red Sox had three hits through the first eight innings, singles by Jonathan Herrera in the third and by Napoli to open the seventh in addition to Nava's homer. Nava was the only Sox batter to touch third base.
The workhorse: The first time Sox reliever Burke Badenhop got up to warm up was the second inning, when Peavy was laboring through a 40-pitch inning that included a 12-pitch at-bat with Chicago strongman Jose Abreu. Abreu warmed up a second time in the sixth, then a third time in the eighth, when he was summoned to face Dayan Viciedo after Andrew Miller issued a two-out walk to Dunn. Badenhop knocked down a comebacker by Viciedo, then threw him out to end the inning.
The replay review: For the third straight game, the Red Sox were involved in a replay review. White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged a call at first base in the second inning in which Abreu was called out.