Duvall Shines In First Win Of Season
The Red Sox and their fans had a wild end to their Saturday afternoon when Adam Duvall, in his second game in a Boston uniform, hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 9-8 victory over the Orioles. The center fielder had a fantastic game, smacking two homers, collecting four hits, 5 RBIs, and falling short of a cycle by just one single.
Crazy Game From Start To Finish
The first part of today’s game was a bit of a mess for Boston, with starter Chris Sale giving up seven runs in his first start at Fenway Park since October 2021. But luckily for Sale, he would ultimately not earn a loss, as the offense responded by scoring four runs in the fifth inning and two in the seventh. With two out and down a run in the bottom of the 9th, Masataka Yoshida hit a lazy fly ball to left field, but amazingly outfielder Ryan Mckenna just straight out dropped it.
That drop ultimately set the stage for Adam Duvall’s walk-off that settled just over the yellow line on top of the Green Monster before landing back on the field. Honestly one of the craziest baseball games I’ve seen in a long time.
Great First Impression
The Red Sox signed Duvall over the winter to a 1-year deal after he spent an injury-plagued year with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, and his arrival is already paying dividends for Boston. His power is undeniable, which is something the heart of the Red Sox order lacked last season. Duvall is also a former Gold Glove winner, which means they feel more than confident having him patrol center field in 2023.
Red Sox Showing Early Resilience
Saturday’s game was not only a showcase for Duvall but a highlight of the resilience of this Red Sox team. Despite trailing 7-1 early in the game, they battled back and showed the grit and drive that has been the hallmark of successful Boston teams in the past. It is the 10-year anniversary of the 2013 Red Sox after all…