A cold night got much colder by the end of the evening for the Red Sox.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Xander Bogaerts one-hopped what appeared to be a routine throw to first on a Marcus Semien grounder. First baseman Mike Carp failed to dig the ball out, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run all the way from second, handing the White Sox a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on a frigid Tuesday night in Chicago.
The final pitch was thrown by reliever Chris Capuano, who appeared to have struck out Semien the pitch before on a checked swing on a 2-2 fastball. The Red Sox lefty had come on with one out and Ramirez on first, with Burke Badenhop having allowed a single to the White Sox shortstop.
Making matters worst for the Red Sox was that Mike Napoli dislocated his left ring finger sliding head-first into second base in the ninth inning. The first baseman was advancing to second on a wild pitch. He would be immediately replaced by Dustin Pedroia, walking off the field with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson.
Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox:
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Peavy’s only miscue came to former teammate Adam Dunn, who pulled a 92 mph fastball from the Red Sox pitcher over the right field fence to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
- Ryan Roberts continued to struggle since joining the Red Sox, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being pinch-hit for by Carp. Roberts is now 2-for-14 this season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- A.J. Pierzynski threw out his second runner of the season, gunning down Alejandro De Aza for the first out of Chicago’s half of the ninth inning. Pierzynski also drew his first walk of the season, having drawn just three free passes in the entire second half of the 2013 season.
- Peavy turned in another stellar outing, this time allowing just one run over six innings. The righty would strike out eight, walk two and allow three hits in his 113-pitch outing. In three starts, Peavy has now allowed just four runs over 18 2/3 innings, striking out eight in each of his last two starts.
- Daniel Nava launched his second home run of the season, taking White Sox starter Erik Johnson deep in the fourth inning. It would be the only run allowed by the White Sox starter, who had allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.