Already we mentioned that Vladimir Guerero Jr. spent the entire weekend terrorizing Fenway Park like the most feared hitter in the game. Therefore, what did he do in the ninth inning with two outs and Boston closer Matt Barnes on the bump with a 1-0 lead?
Barnes went to the bag of tricks and threw him a curveball. Certainly, it shouldn’t have been hit 451 feet to around the spot over the Green Monster that he’s already homered to twice in recent days. However it was his 22nd home run of the season, and it tied the game at 1-1 in dramatic fashion.
It was the fourth straight game Guerrero Jr. has homered, the first time in his career he’s accomplished that feat.
Sure, Rafael Dolis would promptly come on in the bottom of the 9th to lose the game for the Blue Jays, but Alek Manoah pitched really well. And the Jays mustered just four hits for him all night long off Nathan Eovaldi and company.
Right now, Guerrero Jr. has a .346 average, 22 home runs, and 56 runs batted in. The 1.148 OPS is merely the cherry on the sundae.