As the hardreading staff has noted, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy may have given a kayn aynhoreh (evil eye) to the Red Sox with his Sunday victory dance (headline: “Is it really necessary to go to Tampa?”).
Because it wasn’t just that the Sox lost last night to the Rays, but how they lost.
Exhibit A: The Wipeout at Second Base (via USA Today Sports).
Red Sox infielders collide to botch ground ball in ALDS loss
Dustin Pedroia may have been a little too eager.
A costly infield blunder by the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the 8th inning of their ALDS Game 3 matchup in Tampa helped the Rays score a go-ahead run on Monday.
With runners on first and second and one out, Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar hit a ground ball just to the left side of second base. Sox shortstop Stephen Drew and second baseman Dustin Pedroia both moved to field the ball. Drew scooped it up as Pedroia dove toward him, and Pedroia’s apparent effort to pull up wound up jarring the ball from Drew’s hand as he prepared to throw to first.
Exhibit B: Jose Lobaton’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth against Sox ace closer Koji Uehara . . .
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In a word: yes.
Top o’ the ninth, Sox up 2-1. We’ll soon see, Mick.