October 1, 2023

Pink Sox

Verdugo despatched one proper over Mookie Betts’ head on Saturday.

Alex Verdugo celebrated his third straight lead off residence run on Saturday. Michael Dwyer/AP Picture
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Alex Verdugo made historical past Saturday when he launched his third straight leadoff residence run.

Verdugo turns into the first player in Red Sox history to file a leadoff residence run in three consecutive video games. He’s the third in Major League Baseball history to perform such a feat, becoming a member of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Brady Anderson.

A well-recognized face stood in proper area with a terrific view of the ball flying over his head.

Mookie Betts made his return to Boston for the primary time since he was traded to the Dodgers in 2020 — a commerce that included Verdugo. He acquired a heat reception previous to each Friday and Saturday’s video games, an indication of appreciation for his accomplishments in a Pink Sox uniform.

Verdugo had different plans for Betts’ day. After falling behind 0-1 within the rely throughout his first at-bat, Verdugo smashed the second pitch he confronted excessive and lengthy. Betts chased it to the wall earlier than stopping and watching it fall on the opposite aspect of the bullpen.

On Friday, Verdugo didn’t even want two pitches to start out the sport off scorching. He despatched the very first Dodgers pitch of the sport into the stands for his first leadoff residence run of the weekend. Verdugo completed that outing 3-for-5 and with an RBI.

Verdugo has 5 profession lead off homers, and three of these have come inside the final week. He began off the three-game streak in Houston as a part of Boston’s 17-1 victory over the Astros.

Betts led off sturdy for the Dodgers on Saturday as effectively. He drilled a double off the left area wall and got here in to attain later within the prime of the primary.

All eyes have been on Betts dealing with his former group, however Verdugo made positive to steal some highlight towards his earlier group as effectively.