Alex Cora Addresses Xander Bogaerts’ Play At Plate Vs. Guardians

'You can't question him'

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July 27

The Boston Red Sox fell to the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night, and now sit in last in the American League East division.

In the game’s third inning, with the Red Sox trailing, 5-2, shortstop Xander Bogaerts took a chance on a flyout to shallow right field. Boston catcher Kevin Plawecki hit the shallow fly to Guardians outfielder Nolan Jones, who nailed Bogaerts at the plate on a close play at home to end the inning.

The Red Sox followed by challenging the call, unfortunately coming up short with an unsuccessful review. Red Sox manager Alex Cora spoke to reporters after the game, and addressed the game-altering play.

“You can’t question him. He’s one of our best baserunners and his instincts are that good… he was out by inches but he saw what happened out there,” Cora said, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “We were one swing away from tying the game. The guy made a great throw… they just made a great tag and just got Bogey… all-around great baseball play. The runner sees him flat-footed, he makes a great throw and the catcher makes a great tag.”

Bogaerts proceeded to finish the game going 3-for-4 with an RBI. His efforts at the plate weren’t enough, though, as the Red Sox eventually dropped their 49th game of the season, and now sit at .500 on the campaign.

The Red Sox and Guardians will play their third game in a four-game series on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Fenway Park, and you can catch the game, along with an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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