It was chaos at Fenway Park in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday night: With the bases loaded and the score tied, Mike Carp hit a screaming line drive to shallow left field. Dustin Pedroia started to run home, then realized he ought to tag up at third base first.
Outfielder David Lough made a catch and threw hard toward the infield, but his trajectory was off — it actually whizzed by Pedroia's head as he was returning to the third-base bag. Infielder Jonathan Schoop was in position to cut off the throw and possibly relay home in time to get Pedroia — or at least keep him on the bag. Instead, he got confused and didn't catch the ball, which soon was rolling loose behind home plate. Schoop said later he should have cut off the throw. Pitcher Darren O'Day chased the ball, but nobody backing up could have been ready for just how "off" Lough's throw was.
Pedroia later admitted he was caught off guard by the sequence.
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