For a team that may have been lacking the clutch factor in the first half of the season, the Red Sox have provided us with plenty of late-inning magic in the last month.
From the Hanley Ramirez walk-off homer in the 15th exactly a month ago, to Christian Vazquez’s walk-off blast a couple weeks ago, to Rafael Devers’ game-tying home run in the 9th at Yankee Stadium last Sunday, there’s been no shortage of clutch hits as of late.
Wednesday night against the Cardinals at Fenway set the stage for yet another wild finish. After facing a 4-0 deficit early on, the Sox were able to cut the St. Louis lead in half and enter the bottom of the 9th down 4-2.
Xander Bogaerts led off the inning with a solo homer off Trevor Rosenthal to make it a one-run game.
Rosenthal then walked Mitch Moreland before being replaced by Zach Duke. Duke struck out Brock Holt, who was pinch-hitting for Christian Vazquez. Then he walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and was yanked for John Brebbia.
Brebbia got Eduardo Nunez to pop up for the second out of the inning. Two outs, runners on first and second, Mookie Betts at the plate. Ballgame:
After going .500 in July, the Sox have only lost twice so far in August. They’ve won 12 of their last 14 games and find themselves 4.5 ahead of the Yankees for the lead in the AL East.
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