Hidden in the box score of the Tigers - Red Sox game from last night at HISTORIC Fenway Park is a rare occurrence of extreme inadequacy. No, I'm not talking about the goddamned hawk and it has nothing to do with the lack of clean toilets in the bleacher section. Boston had a 2-0 lead going into the top of the fourth, when Detroit put up a four-spot on starting pitcher Jon Lester. I'll let the game play-by-play page from Yahoo explain what happened in the bottom half of the inning:
Bottom 4th: Boston
- J. Varitek doubled to left
- J. Ellsbury walked
- J. Lugo grounded out to third, J. Varitek out at third, J. Ellsbury out at second
- J. Lugo caught stealing, catcher to second
Julio Lugo came up with no outs and runners on first and second. He managed to avoid hitting into the dreaded triple play but still wiped out the two runners with his fielders' choice groundout. Lugo then ended the inning by getting thrown out attempting to steal second by catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Oops!
Yes, stealing second base with two outs is a good strategy, especially when the runner is as quick as Lugo. He was successful 85% of the time last year and accumulated 33 steals. But isn't it a shame when you are single-handedly responsible for all three outs in an inning? I guess Julio could always blame the hookworms.