The Sox a tie for a major league record
with 6 grand slams in the month

XANDER BOGAERTS

ON THIS DATE (April 30, 2018) ... Xander Bogaerts (3-for-5) became the latest to deliver four runs with one swing, and it was the biggest hit in Monday night's 10-6 victory over the Royals.

In the bottom of the third inning, the shortstop hit a mammoth shot against righty  Jason Hammel that soared near the top of the light tower above the Green Monster and on to Lansdowne Street to give the Red Sox a 6-3 lead in a game they trailed 3-0 in the first.

The smash by Bogaerts was his second grand slam of the season and sixth for the Red Sox, tying the 1996 Expos as the only teams in big league history to have that many before May 1. Amazingly, the surge in slams comes on the heels of the 2017 Red Sox not hitting any grand slams.

But the turnaround with not just with grand slams but with overall power, has not come by accident. The seeds were planted by the drills hitting coach Tim Hyers ran throughout Spring Training.

Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland are the other players to hit grand slams for the 21-7 Red Sox through the first 28 games of the season. Moreland (3-for-4, double, homer, three runs, two RBIs) belted a solo homer in the second to give the Red Sox some life.

The first slam for Boston in 10 days was well-timed. For this was not a pretty night for Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who threw 35 pitches in the first, walked three and hit a batter to pin his team in a 3-0 hole before they took a swing. Hector Velazquez provided a couple of big bridge innings (one hit, no runs, three strikeouts) to earn the win, and the offense continued to add on.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

6

9

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

5

1

1

0

2

0

x

 

 

10

13

0

 

 

W-Hector Velazquez (4-0)
L-Jason Hammel (0-3)
Attendance - 31,314

 2B-Ramirez (Bost), Martinez (Bost), Moreland (Bost),
 Escobar (2)(KC), Merrifield (2)(KC)

 HR-Moreland (Bost), Bogaerts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Andrw Benintendi cf 4 1 1 .242  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 5 1 2 .330  

 

J.D. Martinez lf 4 2 2 .337  

 

Mitch Moreland 1b 4 3 3 .305  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 3 .412  

 

Rafael Devers 3b 4 1 0 .257  

 

Eduardo Nunez 2b 4 0 1 .240  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr rf 3 1 0 .195  

 

Christian Vazquez c 4 0 1 .187  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Edurdo Rodriguez 4 5 5 3 6  

 

Hector Velazquez 2 1 0 0 3  

 

Carson Smith 1 1 0 0 2  

 

Brian Johnson 2 2 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2018 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

21 7 -

 

 

New York Yankees 18 10 3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 16 12 5

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 13 14 7 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 8 20 13