Wednesday, July 3, 2019

RaffyPalooza: Devers Drives In Six Runs, Red Sox Win 10-6 In America Lite

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Rafael Devers did not make the American League All-Star squad. You might think that his offensive outburst on Tuesday night in Toronto was a statement to the All-Star voters and the overall selection process. But this is Raffy—the 22-year-old wunderkind who seems to simply enjoy life and hitting, not unlike another Carmine Hoser of the past: Manny Ramirez. Devers went 4-5 last night, with 6 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Smiling all the way, he elevated his batting average to .329 and is now slugging .548. His two home runs give him 14 on the year—when it seemed early on in the season that he would never go yard. Devers is emerging as the new superstar on this ballclub—eclipsing almost everyone else. His defense is improving daily and he is simply a hitting machine. He will be fun to watch for many years to come. As for the game itself, David Price pitched well again—going six solid innings and giving up just two runs on four hits. The bullpen was porous again—yielding four earned runs in just three innings of work. But, luckily, Devers provided enough punch to overcome the 'pen and Boston ended up winning 10-6. The victory pulled the Red Sox to within 10 games of The Evil Ones—who were beaten by The Metropolitans, 4-2.