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“I didn’t make the play. I saw it up and overran it. … My first read was stay back and then I started running in and overran it,” said Napoli. “I’ve played here before (at first). It’s a white roof, but I saw the ball and like I said, I overran it.”
Pedroia countered that, given his experience playing indoors at Tropicana Field, he should have made the play.
Napoli, however, refused to accept the reprieve.
“That’s a long way for him to run. That’s a play I should’ve made and I didn’t,” said the first baseman. “Felt bad, because John’s out there, he got the guy to pop up, and if it’s a tie ball game, he probably would’ve pitched a little longer. Just overran the ball and didn’t make the play
My God. This was just brutal to watch. With the Sox in free fall mode, this couldn't have happened at a worse time.
Last night has been a summation of what the Sox have done this season: Coming out of the gate strong and then quietly falling back into the pack while the other teams start picking up the pace. The Yankees are suddenly in first place despite having their core group of guys on the disabled list and they just got Curtis Granderson back last night.
One can only hope that the Sox can get out of this awful stretch and show something that resembles the team we saw last month. Maybe they weren't as good of a team as they were showing us in April, but they're definitely not as bad as they have been thus far in May.
Globe: Sox fall to Rays | Offensive woes continue | Ortiz says he has an oblique injury | Sox find new way to lose | Herald: Sox headed south | Lackey fades in stretch | Ortiz has sore oblique | Loney swings away with Tampa | CSNNE: It all unravels in the fourth | Fourth inning does Sox. Lackey in | Recovering Bailey may return to Sox on Friday | Ortiz: Sore oblique affecting swing a bit | Doubront works on mechanics; Lavarnway gets start | Victorino feels good after crash into Fenway wall | WEEI: Waiting for Ells | Ortiz dealing with tightness in oblique | Lackey, Sox offense fall flat in loss to Rays | Sox all in on Tazawa after bullpen shuffle