Chris Stewart was in the middle of all the big defensive plays in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway, but none stood out like his play in the eighth inning that helped protect a two-run lead.
Stewart hung over the wall between the third base dugout and the screen — into the Boston crowd — and caught Dustin Pedroia’s pop-up. He then turned and fired a strike to Robinson Cano to nail Boston’s Daniel Nava trying to advance from first.
It ended the eighth and left the tying run — David Ortiz — in the on-deck circle.
Neither Joe Girardi nor bench coach Tony Pena — who have 33 years catching in the majors between them — could remember someone making that play.
Stewart’s concentration in making the catch, his awareness of the baserunner and his long throw made it a special play. First baseman Lyle Overbay and players in the dugout were calling out, but as Girardi said, “You can yell all you want. He’s never going to hear you. . . . It was instinct.”
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