"EMPTY STREETS, EMPTY SEATS" ...
Alex Verdugo's bat and glove wins this game
August 7, 2020
Alex Verdugo had his break-out game as a member of the Red Sox
by banging out two opposite-field home runs and then robbing Travis
Shaw by pulling his home run ball out of the Blue Jays bullpen to
start the top of the ninth inning. The homers were his second and
third of the season, all coming in the last two games.
Mitch Moreland aided the cause with a two-run homer into the same
bullpen that snapped a 2-2 tie in the third inning and put the Sox
ahead to stay. Of Moreland's seven hits this season, four have been
Cavan Biggio started the scoring by thumping a home run of Sox
starter, Ryan Weber in the first inning. In the bottom of the first,
Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark was all over the place, couldn't find
any control and issued four walks, allowing the Sox to tie the game.
Roark's troubles continued when Verdugo took him into the empty
Monster seats to start the second inning. The Jays re-tied the game
in the third on a single by Biggio and a double from Bo Bichette that
produced the run.
Moreland's homer in the Sox half of the third inning, after Xander
Bogaerts reached on a base hit, put the Sox ahead by two runs, 4 to
2. The Jays added their third run in the sixth.
Then Verdugo led off the eighth inning and provided the Sox some
insurance, duplicating his previous opposite-field homer into the
Monster seats. Austin Brice, Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman held the
Jays scoreless over the last three innings and the Sox walked away 5
to 3 winners, but not before Verdugo robbed Shaw of his homer to
start the ninth inning.