Thursday, July 18, 2019

Rafael 'El Toro' Devers Leads The Charge As Red Sox Defeat Blue Jays, 5-4

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Rafael Devers is clearly an emerging star. The 22-year-old Red Sox third-baseman continued his torrid 2019 season be delivering a solo home run and four RBIs in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Toronto. Nicknamed "El Toro" on-air by Red Sox legend Jerry Remy (who, by the way gave David Ortiz his "Big Papi" moniker), Devers tops the majors in hardest hit balls and is closing in on the American League batting average lead. Last night he had three hits to raise his average to .326—just five points off the top. He now has 18 HRs and 70 RBIs. Eduardo Rodriguez came through with another fine start—pitching 6.1 innings and yielding just three hits and two earned runs for his 11th win of 2019. The bullpen—shakily—did the rest. Aside from Devers, other multi-hit games came from: Brock Holt (3-4), Xander Bogaerts (2-5) and Christian Vazquez (2-4). The win moved Boston to within 9.5 games of the top in the AL East—and three games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.