"EMPTY STREETS, EMPTY SEATS" ...
The Jays give the
game to the Sox in a walk-off
September 5, 2020
When Xander Bogaerts stepped to the plate in the bottom of the
ninth inning, he had just three hits in his previous 24 times up. The
he turned on a 3-2 slider and slammed it over the left field fence to
tie up the game at 8 to 8.
The Sox won the game a few minutes later. Christian Vazquez, who had
stolen second after reaching first on a fielder's choice, went to
third when Jays catcher, Caleb Joseph threw the ball into
centerfield. Then Yairo Munoz hit a grounder to Travis Shaw at third
and his throw to the plate was off the mark, allowing Vazquez to
score the winning run, 9-8.
After falling behind 1-0, on a homer by Teoscar Hernandez, it didn't
take long for the Sox to answer back. In the second inning, J.D.
Martinez sent a solo shot into the centerfield bleachers to tie
things up. Vazquez followed with a base hit and Jackie Bradley Jr
sent the first pitch he saw, into the Jays bullpen. Bobby Dalbec then
homered in the third inning, putting the Sox up 4 to 1.
But in the fourth Travis Shaw brought home Rowdy Telez with a double,
making the score 4-2. The Sox answered back in their half of the
inning, with base hits from Michael Chavis and Dalbec. Chavis
however, got a little too ambitious and was thrown out trying to get
over to third. But Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers both doubled, and
just like that the Sox were out in front 6 to 2.
Josh Taylor came out of the Sox bullpen to take over for Ryan Weber,
who started the game, in the sixth. Taylor walked the leadoff batter
and then gave up a base hit. Vlad Guerrero Jr next took one of
Taylor's pitches deep and the lead was cut down to just one run, 6-5.
Moving on to the seventh inning with Phillips Valdez on the mound,
the Jays got three straight singles to tie the game. Then after
getting an out, Valdez loaded the bases with a walk. Joe Panik put
the Jays ahead with a double and after another free pass was given,
out came Valdez and in came Robert Stock. An infield hit put the Jays
With three inning left, Rafael Devers crushed a solo shot homer in
the seventh, putting the Sox within one. They threatened again in the
eighth, but this time left the bases loaded.
The Sox had one more chance in the ninth inning, when Bogaerts led
off. This time they got the job done.