Arlington, Texas Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs was well aware of what Rangers catcher Mike Napoli can do to a high fastball. He got another rude reminder Sunday night.
With the Cardinals down 1-0, Boggs was summoned to replace starter Edwin Jackson with runners at first and second and one out in the sixth inning. Boggs missed badly with the intended location of his first pitch and paid the price.
Napoli turned on a high fastball and sent it deep into the seats in left for a three-run homer that turned a one-run game into a comfortable 4-0 Texas lead.
"I wanted to go down and in because I wanted to get a ground ball," Boggs said. "With my sinker, I feel like I can get a ground ball from anybody, but I just left it up and I think he was looking for it. He sold out, and he got it. You tip your cap to him. I just feel bad for Edwin because he gutted it out and was great all night."
Jackson worked around seven walks and had allowed just one run in 5 13 innings when he departed...