Even Though It's The Rangers, I'm Satisfied: Vázquez Achieves Milestone in Shutout

August 20

One should hope that coming back home will be a cure for Boston and it will enable the squad to get back on the right track. Another thing the Sox have going for them is they had a day off yesterday, whereas the Rangers are flying in from Texas having just played eleven innings yesterday in a defeat. One more thing of note before we get going: Texas is 42-79(!) If this series goes poorly, many people would be right in wondering if we even deserve a wild card berth next month. Sale is pitching for the Sox against Dane Dunning. One out into the game, Kiner-Falefa doubles down the third-base line but is stranded by his teammates. Hernández leads off the bottom of the inning with a double to the right-field corner before moving to third with one out on a passed ball and scoring on Bogaerts’ single to left to get things going at 1-0 Boston. Schwarber singles to right to put runners at the corners, but the Sox content themselves with one run for now. The Rangers respond by putting two on with one out in the second before stranding them. Vázquez leads off the bottom of the frame with a double to the right-field corner, which is his 500th career hit. He moves to third on a groundout. Dalbec is hit to put runners at the corners for Hernández, who singles to right to bring in Vázquez and double the lead to 2-0. That is all they score in the inning.

With two out in the bottom of the fifth, Bogaerts extends the lead to 3-0 with a Monster shot for his twentieth homer this year. After a walk, Martinez doubles to the left-field corner to put two runners in scoring position for Verdugo, who doubles off the Monster to send both men around and turn this into a rout at 5-0. Dunning is relieved before the next man to try to prevent further damage. A strikeout ends the frame, but the Sox have taken over this one. Duran doubles to right to lead off the bottom of the sixth, promptly moving to third on a fly out and scoring on a Hernández groundout to make it 6-0. That is the final. How I’ve longed to hear the Standells’ "Dirty Water!" This is Boston’s seventieth win of the year (70-54).