Red Sox Walk Off On Christian Vazquez‘s 3 Run Blast
Down 1 run with two men out and two on in the bottom of the ninth? Sound like a loss? Nope. Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez belted a 3-run home run to help propel the Red Sox back into first place with a 12-10 win.
In a game that was a violent back-and-forth, the Red Sox offense showed true grit after a brutal pitching performance from Chris Sale and the bullpen.
Sale was bound to have a start where he gets lit up. Wednesday nights game was just that. Sale went 5 innings giving up 7 earned runs on 8 base hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. It is worth noting that Vasquez was his catcher, a change from Sandy Leon who is usually back there. Leon has been unavailable due to swelling in his knee from his slide at home on Saturday.
Behind Sale, the Boston Red Sox got two scoreless innings between Blaine Boyer and Matt Barnes. Trouble started in the top of the 8th in the first Red Sox appearance for Addison Reed. Reed gave up a leadoff home run to Carlos Santana, but ultimately he pitched 1 inning giving up that lone homer. Reed was able to hand Craig Kimbrel, the closer, a 1 run lead in the top of the 9th inning.
Kimbrel struggled, thus blowing his 4th save of the year giving up 2 earned runs on 3 base hits and a walk in the top of the 9th.
Despite the uncharacteristically poor start from Sale, the Boston Red Sox offense was able to keep the team in the game. Their offense collected 15 base hits en route to 12 runs scored. Newcomer Eduardo Nunez continued to help fuel the team going 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs.
Moreland had a nice night with a 2-for-5 game paired with a 3 run shot of his own. The clear MVP of the game goes to the player who walked it all off though.
Christian Vazquez went 3-for-5 to go along with his 3-run home run to walk it off at Fenway Park.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 2, 2017
With the win and a New York Yankees loss, the Boston Red Sox move back into first place of the AL East by half a game. The Red Sox finish their series against the Indians on Thursday with Rick Porcello on the mound.