"Jackie felt like he could execute that type of gameplan," Lovullo said after a 9-5 win by the Red Sox. "I was trying to talk him out of it, but I've learned that when a player feels strongly enough about something, just get out of the way."
In the few weeks Lovullo has managed the Red Sox, he is developing a keen sense of when to defer to his players. This was one of those situations.
"I just needed to alert the baserunner, which I did, told [third-base coach Brian Butterfield] that this could possibly happen at any time during the at-bat and Jackie was comfortable and confident that he could execute, and he did it," said Lovullo.
Bradley put down a perfect sacrifice -- a safety squeeze that scored Blake Swihart.
"Yeah, I guess I was pretty stubborn about wanting to get that run in. I didn't want to take a chance at hitting a hard ground ball somewhere and rolling two," Bradley said. "I wanted to make sure I got that run in."
Avoiding the double play turned out to be even bigger when Mookie Betts followed the sacrifice from Bradley by walloping a two-run homer.
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