The Boston Red Sox opened a four game set with the Oakland Athletics on Thurday, and they lost by a couple of feet.
Xander Bogaerts went 0-4 at the plate, but he is showing no signs of trouble defensively at third base as he made two excellent bare-handed plays that easily could have gone for base hits.
The A’s Stephen Vogt, who is primarily a catcher, got the start in right field and made a fantastic sliding grab in foul territory in the first inning to retire Bogaerts. Vogt also came through with a fielder’s choice RBI on a ground out, and later singled home another run.
All the Red Sox scoring came off a home run that nearly wasn’t, when Pedroia hit a ball over the left field wall that narrowly avoided Cespedes’ glove as he reached over the wall.
Jake Peavy looked strong despite picking up the loss dropping his record to 1-5, but he gave up five hits and four runs, just three earned, over 6.1 innings. He did strike out four but walked three and ran up a high pitch count of 117 pitches before being removed in the seventh inning.