The threat died when the next batter, Gary Sanchez, a heavy hitter who is also heavy-legged, was unable to beat out a bouncer to third, ending the inning.
It was the 28th time in his career that Ellsbury had reached on a catcher’s interference, a number exceeded only by Pete Rose, who had 29 in a 24-year career and more than 15,000 plate appearances, roughly three times Ellsbury’s total so far.
“I never know when it’s going to happen, and it’s not like it’s something I’m trying to do,” Ellsbury said. “I wish I could’ve drove the ball into the gap in that situation and scored three more runs. But we got one, I guess.”
That was all they would get until the dramatic ending of the game, when Sanchez, batting with runners at second and third and two out in the ninth, singled to left. Aaron Hicks scored easily from third, but Ellsbury, running on contact, was gunned down at the plate by Jake…