|Carl Crawford finishes 2-for-3 with a run in Pawtucket||07.12.12 at 7:26 pm ET|
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Carl Crawford took to his spot in left field amid polite applause here at McCoy Stadium.
Crawford singled in his second at-bat but he still got booed for it since it was a pop fly down the left field line that he watched from the batter’s box. It fell fair and he managed just a single that put runners on first and third, instead of second and third. As Crawford reached first, fans began to boo Crawford for not running out of the batter’s box and winding up at second.
Making matters worse, Ryan Kalish followed with a single that would’ve produced two runs but only one scored and Crawford was stranded at second to end the inning.
Crawford did not get to field a chance in the opening inning.
But in his final plate appearance, Crawford lined a sharp single to center, advanced from first to third on double by Ryan Lavarnway and came home to score on a single by Lars Anderson. He finished 2-for-3 before coming out after five innings of play, handling one fly ball flawlessly for an out and making four throws from the outfield.
He led off against Buffalo righty Jeremy Hefner and showed bunt on the first pitch he saw. Crawford took it for a called strike. He waved weakly at an off-speed pitch down and in. He swung at the 0-2 pitch and grounded weakly to second base for the first out.
With runners at first and second, Matt Tuiasosopo singled sharply to Crawford in left. He fielded it cleanly and made an accurate one-hot throw to the third baseman on the infield grass. Crawford’s throw was good enough to keep the run from scoring and Pawtucket pitcher Doug Mathis induced a 6-4-3 doubleplay on the next batter to keep the game scoreless.
There wasn’t much behind the Crawford throw but it was accurate.
Crawford fielded two more balls in the third, throwing all on one bounce back to the infield. He caught the last out of the inning, a fly ball to the middle of the warning track.
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