Boston and Los Angeles produced fireworks at Fenway Park
by Keegan Stifel
7 hours ago
Boston – The Red Sox and Dodgers are two of Major League Baseball’s most historic franchises.
However, it’s the recent history between both franchises that made this weekend so memorable.
Boston and Los Angeles have done some talent swaps in recent years. The Red Sox have five players (Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong, Chris Martin) who have spent time in the Los Angeles organization, while the Dodgers came to Fenway Park with three (Mookie Bates, Kiki Hernandez, Ryan Brazier) Reds Ex Sox. Sox in hand.
In fact, both directors (Alex Cora and Dave Roberts) have also played for the other series. This kind of familiarity created an atmosphere that commanded the respect of those involved in the weekend series.
“It was amazing,” said Alex Cora. “It was amazing. Someone asked me how many Dodgers fans are here, I played here for the Dodgers in 2004 and it was the same. It’s summer and people travel and it happens everywhere. When we go out west it’s kind of the same thing.
“It was loud. It looked like the sixth inning on every pitch mattered and they cared about it. It was great. It was great. It’s a great place, Saturday afternoon, white[uniforms]gray units, kind of like old school stuff.” I’m glad we got a W.”
In one of the game’s defining moments, Adam Duvall put the Red Sox ahead with a three-run home run off the Green Monster benches.
“I was relieved,” Duvall said after the game. “You can feel the energy in this place, especially this weekend. It’s been incredible the last couple of nights. … That’s the atmosphere you want to play against. It’s fun. It’s fun when everyone’s hanging on to every pitch and by every outfield.”
The Red Sox’ victory on Saturday was enough to set up a Sunday afternoon rubber game — which is sure to raise that atmosphere to 11.
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Here are more notes from the Red Sox-Dodgers game this Saturday afternoon:
Alex Verdugo hit the home run, his third straight game as Boston’s first batter. It was only the third time in MLB history that a player has led the homers in three consecutive games (Ronald Acuña Jr. in 2018 and Brady Anderson in 1996).
– Chris Martin threw just four pitches against his former club, hitting Max Muncie with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning. The Dodgers did not agree to the call, resulting in Muncie and Roberts being fired.
Red Sox player Pablo Reyes He was removed in the sixth inning With a pain in the elbow, which led to some interesting changes in the lineup.
Conor Wong moved from catch to second base, Luis Uriahs moved from second base to third base, Rafael Devers moved from third to shortstop and Reese McGuire entered the game for catch. The next inning saw everyone return to their original positions, while McGuire moved to designated hitter and Trevor Story moved from DH to shortstop. That caused Boston to lose DH for the remainder of the game.
– The finalist of the competition was a high one, with Mookie Betts flying into deep center field. The end result generated some interesting comments from the participants.
– The Red Sox and Dodgers will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. The first show is scheduled for 1:35 PM ET and will air live on NESN an hour after the pre-game coverage.