Off to St. Louis in a few hours. A few notes from Game 2:
• The double steal in the seventh inning turned the game. The Sox had a shot at one out but Jarrod Saltalamacchia fumbled the ball on the transfer.
“Just popped out of my glove,” he said.
Matt Carpenter followed with a fly ball to left field. Jonny Gomes made the catch coming in and to his left. The throw was to the first base side of the plate and Saltalamacchia dropped it after trying to stretch like a first baseman.
“The throw took me a little to the right. I tried to lean forward,” Saltalamacchia said.
Said Gomes: “The throw was kind of across my body. It wasn’t a great angle.”
Craig Breslow, who was backing up the play, threw the ball to third to try and get Jay. The ball sailed high over the head of shortstop Stephen Drew, who was covering the bag, and bounced into the stands. Jay scored and Descalso went to third.
(Just an aside, but why do so many Red Sox pitchers have trouble throwing to bases?)
One day before the 27th anniversary of Bill Buckner’s famous error against the Mets that cost the Red Sox Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Saltalamacchia and Breslow were charged with errors on the play.
“I wasn’t able to execute. On this stage, you don’t get to get too many mistakes back, Breslow said.
Breslow felt it was a good idea to throw and many of his teammates absolved him of blame, pointing out how valuable he has been this season. But that was a time to hold onto the ball.
After the errors, Carlos Beltran singled to make it 4-2.
“The margin for error is really slim at this time of year,” John Lackey said. “We let one go tonight.”
• Drew was 0 for 3 and is now 4 for 42 (.095) in the postseason with one hit in his last 35 at-bats. “It’s not discouraging because I know I can come out of it,” Drew said. “I have to be better than that.”
• Farrell also stayed with good-luck charm Gomes against a righthander and wasn’t rewarded, as the left fielder was 0 for 4. Gomes has started the last four games and is 1 for 15. Farrell has indicated Daniel Nava would start Game 3 in St. Louis.
• David Ortiz’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was his sixth of the postseason, matching the team record he first tied in 2004. Todd Walker also hit five in 2003. Ortiz has hit 17 postseason home runs in his career. His 59 RBIs in the postseason are fifth in history.
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