"EMPTY STREETS, EMPTY SEATS" ...
Bobby Dalbec hits a home run for his first big
league hit and Rafael Devers hits two homers

August 30, 2020 ... It was a bit of a wild day at Fenway as the Red Sox took on the for the rubber match of their three-game series. The wind was howling and pushing everything in the air out to right field. On top of that, the sun was almost comically bright, and the combination of those two factors made every ball in the air a bit of an adventure.

The wind specifically also helped the ball sail out of the yard for five homers between the two sides on the day. One of those belonged to for the first dinger of Bobby Dalbec's career in just his second career plate appearance, and two more belonged to Rafael Devers (4-for-4).

The Red Sox pounded Nationals pitching in general for eight runs, and while the pitching wasnít perfect it was good enough for a 9-5 victory, pushing the Sox record to 12-22.

With Zack Godley on the mound for this one, the Red Sox knew they probably were going to need some runs. Thatís exactly what they got on this day where Fenway was being very generous to the hitters. Devers got things started with a fantastic 10-pitch at bat that led to a walk. Bogaerts then demolishing a homer off the light tower in left. That was quickly followed by a double from Kevin Pillar, who was brought home on a base hit from Kevin Plawecki.

With the 3-0 lead Alex Verdugo lined a two-out single in the second inning, bringing Rafael Devers to the plate. Devers took advantage of the wind, hitting a high fly ball out to right field that just barely made it up and over the short wall into the Nationals bullpen and it gave the Sox a 5-0 lead.

The third saw the first bit of real danger faced by the Red Sox starter in this game as he gave up back-to-back base hits to start off the inning. Godley settled down from there, though, giving up a two-out double but nothing else and it made score, 5-2.

The Red Sox offense was not ready to slow down in the bottom of the third. It was Pillar and Plawecki to start things off, with the former smacking a leadoff single before the latter put one off the Monster for an RBI double. A couple batters later, Dalbec stepped back in. This time, he hit a towering fly ball to right field, and it was lost in the sun. Adam Eaton, the Nationals right fielder, had no idea where it was, and as it turned out, it went well past Peskyís Pole for Dalbecís first career home run and hit, giving the Red Sox an 8-2 lead.

The Nationals quickly answered back though, with Josh Harrison getting hold of one and using the wind to have it fly over the wall in straightaway center field for a solo shot to lead off the fourth. Fortunately, Godley didnít let it snowball into more.

After the Red Sox failed to score in the bottom of the fourth, Eric Thames hit a wind-aided solo homer to give the Nats another run.

Ryan Brasier come in with an 8-5 lead in the eighth. He walked the first batter he faced and then got three straight outs after that to get out of the inning unscathed.

The Red Sox added another run on Deversí second homer of the day in the bottom of the eighth, as he hit an absolute laser around Peskyís Pole.

With the score now 9-5, Austin Brice came in, looking to finish things off. He did give up a two-out double on a ball that got caught up in that wind, but that was it. The scoreless frame finished off a rare series win for this Red Sox team.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASH NATIONALS

0

0

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

11

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

9

15

0

 

 

W-Josh Osich (1-1)
L-Austin Voth (0-4)

 2B-Pillar (Bost), Martinez (Bost), Plawecki (Bost),
 Gomes (2)(Wash)

 3B-Eaton (Wash)

 HR-Bogaerts (Bost), Devers (2)(Bost), Dalbec (Bost),
 Harrison (Wash), Thames (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Alex Verdugo lf 5 1 1 .291  

 

Rafael Devers 3b 4 3 4 .240  

 

J.D. Martinez dh 4 0 1 .208  

 

Tzu-Wei Lin pr 0 0 0 .130  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 1 2 .302  

 

Kevin Pillar rf 5 2 2 .274  

 

Kevin Plawecki c 4 1 2 .351  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 5 0 1 .242  

 

Bobby Dalbec 1b 4 1 2 .500  

 

Jose Peraza 2b 4 0 0 .242  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Zack Godley 4.2 8 5 1 3  

 

Josh Osich 1.1 2 0 0 1  

 

Josh Taylor 1 0 0 1 2  

 

Ryan Brasier 1 0 0 1 1  

 

Austin Brice 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2020 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 24 11 -

 

 

New York Yankees 19 13 3 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 18 14 4 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 14 19 9

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

12 22 11 1/2