SEATTLE – The Red Sox managed to come back, but in the 8th inning, it looked like Eduardo Nunez stopped the win cold with a puzzling move on the base paths.
With the bases loaded and the Red Sox trailing by two runs, the second baseman grounded softly towards first base and pitcher Cory Gearin charged to make the play at home. Seeing Gearin in his path and thinking he would immediately throw to first, Nunez stopped running.
“There’s nothing you can do there,” Alex Cora said. “You can run into it but it’s such a weird play that I think everybody in this room would have stopped too.”
Nunez said even looking back he’s not sure he could have done anything differently.
“He decided to go to first base,” Nunez said. “That was smart of him.”
Nunez added he is grateful for Mitch Moreland‘s home run.
“That was very bad moment at the time. Good thing we have the ‘W'”.
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