"EMPTY STREETS, EMPTY SEATS" ...
Mitch Moreland's 2nd homer is a walk-off
August 9, 2020
Mitch Moreland emerged as the home run king for the Red Sox, belting
out two more, including the walk-off game winner n the ninth inning,
to give the Sox a 5 to 3 victory over the Blue Jays.
It was the fourth walk-off blast of Moreland's career. His first
homer into the centerfield bleachers, broke a scoreless tie and put
the Sox up 1-0.
Cavan Biggio tied the game up for the Jays in the third inning with a
homer to center. But the Sox went back ahead when Alex Verdugo's
fielder's choice grounder scored Jackie Bradley Jr, who had singled,
was moved over by Tzu Wei Lin and scooted over to third when Jays'
pitcher Matt Shoemaker bobbled Lin's bunt.
The Jays tied the game up again in the fourth inning. Teoscar
Hernandez doubled into the left field corner. Gurriel moved him over
to third with a sac fly to right, and Vlad Guerreo Jr brought him
home with a base hit. Bo Bichette's homer into the Sox bullpen put
Toronto up 3 to 2 in the sixth inning.
Rafael Devers was instrumental in the win. He smashed a 449 ft homer
into the centerfield bleachers that tied the game again in the Sox
half of the sixth inning. Then in the field, his bare-handed slow
roller throw nailed Randal Grichuk in the seventh inning.
The game was a very solid one for the Sox pitchers. Nathan Eovaldi
turned in a powerful start, striking out 10 batters over six innings.
The bullpen, led by Austin Brice and Matt Barnes bought the hitters
time to win the game, shutting out the Jays for the final three