May 23, 2019

Extra-Inning Home Runs By Red Sox Not Seen In 68 Years

On Wednesday night in Toronto, Mookie Betts homered in the twelfth inning to put the Red Sox ahead 5-4, but the Blue Jays tied the game in their half of the inning. Michael Chavis hit a home run in the thirteenth, giving Boston a 6-5 lead - and they won the game by that score.

It was the first time the Red Sox hit multiple go-ahead, extra-inning home runs since April 29, 1951, against the Athletics, at Philadelphia's Shibe Park.
Red Sox   - 032 001 000 011 4 - 12 15  2
Athletics - 041 000 010 011 0 -  8 14  1
Dom DiMaggio led off the eleventh with a home run. Tom Wright led off the twelfth with a home run. Ted Williams hit a two-run homer in the thirteenth, but it came after the Red Sox had already scored two runs.

Also: Bobby Doerr hit two home runs before the game went into extras. ... The first seven spots in the Red Sox's lineup had no zeroes in the box score.
Betts's home run in the twelfth inning was the latest he had homered in a game, topping his eleventh inning homer on September 30, 2015 against the Yankees.

Michael Chavis became the first Red Sox rookie to homer in the thirteenth inning or later since Shea Hillenbrand (18th inning, June 5, 2001 vs Tigers) and the first Red Sox rookie to do it on the road since Trot Nixon (13th inning, September 15, 1999 at Cleveland).

Since making his major league debut on April 20, Chavis leads the Red Sox in home runs (10) and RBI (25). Since 1920 (when RBI became an official stat), the only two players to record 10+ homers and 25+ RBI in their first 28 games, all before turning 24 years old, are Chavis and George "Boomer" Scott of the Red Sox (11 HR, 27 RBI in 1966).

Among the 31 MLB rookies with at least 50 plate appearances this season, Chavis is first in OPS (.967). Chavis is first among American League rookies in on-base (.382) and slugging, tied for first in home runs (10), second in average (.283), and tied for second in RBI (25).

Rafael Devers has hit six home runs in his last 17 games, after hitting none in his first 32 games. He has homered in each of his last three games. The only other Red Sox to homer in three straight games at the age of 22 or younger are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Rico Petrocelli, and Jim Tabor. (Williams homered in four straight games, August 1941.) In his last 24 games, Devers leads MLB in hits, batting .356 (36-for-101) with a 1.004 OPS.
The Red Sox began the season with a 4-5 record when scoring five or more runs. Since then, they are 17-0.

1 comment:

GK said...

Got the opportunity to listen to Boston sports talk radio for a few hours over the last two weeks. "Happy" to report that crude jingle on the Sox bullpen "spinning the wheel of gutless bums" is back. There is some push back from listeners. The jingle author/singer admitted that it is "probably unfair" on the relief pitchers to call them "gutless bums".