Vazquez’s Two-Run Home Run, 4 Hits Lifts Red Sox Over Blue Jays 6-5
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The win snaps a four game losing streak for Boston as they improve to 74-57 on the season.
The Red Sox now have a 3.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East after the Yankees lost to Cleveland.
Vazquez Comes through in 8th
The Red Sox trailed 3-2 going into the seventh inning before rallying for four runs.
Hanley Ramirez led off the inning with a single to center field.
Vazquez followed up with a two-run home run to left field to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.
Along with his home run, Vazquez hit singles in the second and fifth inning and added a double in the 8th. Since July 29, he is batting .439.
Mitch Moreland added a RBI Single to score Eduardo Nunez giving the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.
The Blue Jays would walk in another Red Sox run to give them a 6-3 lead.
Red Sox closer struggled through the ninth inning, giving up a two-run home run and walking two batters before closing out the game.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays continue their series on Tuesday, August 29 at 7 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Chris Sale against Toronto’s Brett Anderson.
How clutch is Christian Vazquez? He has 6 career HRs, 5 of which have come with men on base. All 6 have been when Red Sox were within 2 runs— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) August 29, 2017
Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts
Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.
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