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Red Sox Walk Off On Christian Vazquez’s 3 Run Blast

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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.

Behind Nunez, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, and Vasquez all recorded multi-hit games. Moreland had a nice night

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.

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.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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