Franchy Cordero struggling on both sides of the ball for the Red Sox

Left field in Fenway Park is doing funny things to the new guy again.

One of the strangest outfields in baseball so often plays tricks on fielders without much experience there, and Franchy Cordero got a good lesson on Thursday night.

Cordero took an aggressive route on a pair of line drives that sailed just over his head. One of them was a double by the Mariners’ Ty France that broke up Nick Pivetta’s no-hitter in the sixth inning.

Both times, Cordero might’ve been playing too shallow or simply took bad routes to the ball. He under-calculated both routes and had to make up for it with last-second leaps each time, but the liners went just over his glove.

Manager Alex Cora didn’t yet have a chance to watch the replays when he was asked about Cordero’s routes in the press conference after the Sox’ 7-3 loss to the M’s.

“He was playing where he was supposed to,” Cora said. “From the dugout, you can’t tell. I’ll take a look at it, but he gave the effort.

“I think it’s not about the routes or the way he was playing, I think for how good we pitched today, we didn’t pitch well. We walked too many guys, there was a lot of traffic at the end, and we weren’t able to put them away.”

The Red Sox gave up just three hits but walked seven in the game.

Questions remain about Cordero, who hasn’t made much of an impact with his bat or his glove this year. He’s hitting just .214 with a .544 OPS.



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