PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Prior to the Pawtucket Red Sox’s 5-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium, PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina was a little bit disappointed that Xander Bogaerts wasn’t seeing much action at third base. It was only his eighth game at the position for Pawtucket since the Red Sox organization decided it wanted to introduce the position to the 20-year-old prospect on July 3.
A shortstop by trade and future shortstop for the Red Sox, Bogaerts saw plenty of action at third base on Tuesday.
In the first inning, he started a nice 5-4-3 double play, and he also fielded a couple bunts by the Louisville batters. In the sixth inning, Bogaerts made an incredible play behind the bag and made a strong throw across the diamond for the out.
“It’s great,” DiSarcina said. “For me, the double-play ball was outstanding. He stayed in front of it. It wasn’t pretty, but a lot of times on the corners, you don’t make gorgeous, pretty plays like you can make up the middle because you’re just reacting. But he stayed in front of it, which was nice. He didn’t try to side-saddle it or drop-step it and he made a nice feed to [second baseman Heiker] Meneses and they turned a nice one there.
“The other play, down the line, he showed a plus-arm. That’s showing your arm off and that was outstanding. It was another tough play, a bang-bang at first. So, it was good to get him some action over there.”
Offensively, Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and raised his average to .293.