Red Sox Defense Comes Up Clutch Throwing Out Aaron Judge At Plate

Kiké Hernández and Xander Bogaerts played it perfectly


October 5, 2021

The Boston Red Sox maintained their lead with a momentum-shifting defensive play in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees.

Yankees star Aaron Judge was waved around from first base on a hit off the Green Monster by Giancarlo Stanton. Red Sox center fielder Kiké Hernández played it perfectly, backing up left fielder Alex Verdugo and quickly hitting cut-off man Xander Bogaerts.

Bogaerts, who hit a home run in the first inning, turned to fire it home where his throw beat a sliding Judge at the plate as catcher Kevin Plawecki put on the tag. No chance.

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It was perfectly-played defense by all involved and also a very questionable decision by the Yankees. Had New York not sent Judge home, the Yankees likely would have had runners on second and third with one out while trailing 3-1.

Boston added another run in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 4-1.

The Red Sox, of note, led Major League Baseball with 43 outfield assists during the regular season.

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
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