Farrell: ‘No excuse' for losing track of outs


TORONTO -- As if they don't have enough issues already -- lodged in last place, unable to sustain momentum -- the Red Sox have the look of an unfocused team these days.

On Sunday, when the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3, Jackie Bradley Jr. caught the final out in the ninth inning in right field -- and promptly threw home, believing that there were only two outs.

Some teammates, including closer Koji Uehara, joked about the lapse, trying to lighten the mood.

But it happened again on Wednesday, and manager John Farrell didn't see the humor.

In the sixth inning, with a runner on third and two out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a flyball to center that Mookie Betts snared. As his teammates jogged toward the dugout, Betts, unaware that he had recorded the final out of the inning, uncorked a throw to the plate.

"There's no excuse for that,'' fumed Farrell when asked about the mistake happening twice in the span of four days. "Losing track of the outs in an inning, it can't be accepted.''

Explained Betts: "Yeah, I lost focus for a second. At least I caught it, so that's three outs. Sometimes you have mental breakdowns, especially after a long game. So, I messed up.''

Betts homered to lead off the top of the eighth - his ninth homer of the season -- and then was replaced in the bottom of the eighth by Jackie Bradley Jr.

But Farrell said Betts wasn't lifted as a disciplinary measure.

"That was not why he came out,'' said Farrell, who added that it was merely a manager's decision to get a player off his feet late in a one-sided game."


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