Red Sox's Victorino motivated by his failures

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino clubs a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 6 of...

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino clubs a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

In the third inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, Shane Victorino came up to bat with a job to do.

In a rare momentum of poor command, Detroit starter Max Scherzer had walked Xander Bogaerts to lead off, then followed with another free pass to Jacoby Ellsbury. In a game where it looked as if runs would be at a premium, with two Boston teammates on base and nobody out, Victorino’s job was to advance the runners.

Victorino stepped in, looked at a ball from Scherzer, then squared around on the next one, popping it up in front of the mound. Catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Prince Fielder and Scherzer all converged on the ball but it was Scherzer who made a nice sliding catch as Victorino, who is considered a very good bunter, skulked back to the dugout.


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