With the Boston Red Sox leading the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2013 World Series, Pete Kozma thought he’d dip into his bag of tricks.
After Cardinals third baseman David Freese lead off the bottom of the third inning with a single, Kozma stepped to the plate and decided to lay down a bunt down the first base line. It was a pretty solid move, considering Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz isn’t the most fleet footed nor is he used to playing defense. Add in that Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester is a left hander, falling off to the third base side of the mound it would take a near perfect play from Lester to throw out Kozma.
Perfect throw it was.
As Kozma booked it down the line, Lester rushed over the field the bunt, almost throwing it over the top of Kozma, clearing his helmet by a matter of inches. The perfect throw nailed the Cardinals’ shortstop and kept the Cardinals from having two runners on with no outs.