BOSTON -- You lose a one-run game in which two runners are thrown out at the plate, one with David Ortiz coming to the plate, the other while trailing by four runs, the third-base coach is going to catch some heat.
This is your life, Tim Bogar, the first-year third-base coach for the Red Sox who had managed to stay out of harm’s way since June 3, the last time the Sox had two runners thrown out at the plate, also in a one-run loss, this one 9-8 to the Oakland Athletics.
Monday night, Marco Scutaro was thrown out in the third inning by Indians left fielder Shelley Duncan attempting to score on a fly ball that perhaps didn’t carry as far as Bogar expected. The throw was awaiting Scutaro. The Sox led 1-0 at the time, and playing aggressively can be justified, especially early in the game against a lesser opponent apt to make mistakes. It’s not quite as easy when the next hitter is Ortiz, who had singled in his first at-bat.
But there was no defending Bogar’s second decision, the one in which he waved home Ryan Kalish with one out and the Sox trailing 6-2. Had he held Kalish on Daniel Nava’s single to right, the Sox would have had runners on the corners, with the top of the order coming to the plate against a tiring Fausto Carmona. The Indians right fielder was the strong-armed Shin-Soo Choo, whose seven assists coming into the game were third in the league.
Choo’s throw beat Kalish, who slid hard into catcher Carlos Santana in a fearsome collision that buckled Santana’s knee in an unnatural position, but the catcher held onto the ball for the out.
Manager Terry Francona called it what it was -- a mistake.
“At that time of the game, probably trying to be aggressive, probably too aggressive, and I think Bogie knows that. You’re not going to go through a year and be perfect.’’