Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler was apologetic about a critical error he made in the bottom of the 13th Friday night, which allowed the tying run to score and led to a devastating loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.
The longest game in MLB postseason history might not have lasted quite as long had Kinsler made a throw from the outfield grass behind second base in the sixth hour of the game. He threw to first but ended up missing, which allowed Max Muncy to score.
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Puig puts the ball in play, Kinsler misses the throw to 1st and Max Muncy scores to tie the game in the bottom of the 13th!!! pic.twitter.com/nS49fvMo0I
Kinsler explained what happened in the wee hours of Saturday after the Red Sox fell to the Dodgers 3-2.
“I lost my footing a little bit,” Kinsler said, via Yahoo Sports. “I was trying to keep the ball in with a guy on second base, try not to let that ball go up the middle. I overran it a little bit, and then when I planted to turn to throw, the turf kind of gave way in the act of throwing and I just sailed it wide. I just had the last out in my glove and couldn’t get it over there. It was tough to swallow.”
Kinsler, 36, went on to say that he feels “terrible” about the play and he feels like he disappointed the team.
“I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win,” Kinsler said. “I feel terrible. I feel terrible for Nate [Eovaldi]. I feel like I let the team down right there.”
Kinsler apologized to Eovaldi, who was stellar in 6-plus innings of relief and was the pitcher of record. But Eovaldi would have none of that.
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“I told him he had nothing to apologize for,” Eovaldi said, per The Eagle-Tribune. “We’re a team, I know you got my back. And I’ve got his.”
The Red Sox lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET Saturday.
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