CLEVELAND -- Darnell McDonald explained after the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to the Indians Thursday afternoon that his intention in rounding second on the final play of the game was to try to be "aggressive" with the Sox trailing by a run in the ninth inning.
McDonald made the final out when he overran second base on J.D. Drew's grounder, which deflected off Indians reliever Chris Perez enough that Drew would have been safe. Third baseman Adam Everett scooped up the grounder, throwing it to second baseman Orlando Cabrera fast enough to catch the Sox' pinch-runner as he attempted to dive back into second.
"I'm trying to be aggressive. I'm trying to make them make the throw, lost my footing out there and just got caught in no-man's land. I was just trying to be aggressive and make them make the throw to first base," McDonald explained.
"It might have been wet. I'm not even sure. I lost my footing, tried to get back, thought I might have got in there, but ump said I didn't. Really just trying to make something happen. Just didn't work out."
Despite the admitted poor judgement, McDonald believed he may have beaten the throw.
"Just trying to get back. I slipped, fell down, tried to get back as fast I could. I thought the throw was a little high and I got my hand in there, but it is just one of things of trying to do too much," he said.
The Red Sox now head home 0-6, starting a three-game series against the Yankees Friday.
"Obviously, everyone is trying hard to get the first win," McDonald said. "We just have to keep working hard, come to the field ready to go. It's just a matter of time before things turn around for us. We just have to keep coming and ready to go. Everybody is working hard. Everybody is trying to do their part."
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