Not a field of dreams for Pedroia
|10.12.09 at 8:15 am ET|
It was a moment lost on many, but not Dustin Pedroia.
With runners on first and second and one out, in the eighth inning of what would turn into the Red Sox’ 7-6 loss to the Angels, Kendry Morales hit a bounding grounder to Pedroia at second. But upon its arrival the ball took a bad hop, forcing the second baseman to collapse to his knees and smother it just enough to get the inning’s second out at first.
Some, including Pedroia, felt like – especially with Guerrero running at first – there was a legitimate shot at an inning-ending double play when the ball left the bat.
“It took a bad hop,” Pedroia noted. “Our infield sucks. It’s the worst in the game. I’m not lying about that. That is true. It took a bad hop. I just tried to put my body in front of it to get an out.
“I think about those things too. That stuff upsets me. My job is to take 1,000 ground balls a day and the other guy’s job is to get the field perfect so we can play baseball. But it happens. That’s the way it goes.”
Pedroia’s right knee was severely bloodied and scraped on the play, as well.
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