The streak that has electrified the Red Sox and their fans is going to end sooner or later, and it had a chance to in both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Target Field.
But Alex Verdugo wouldn’t let it happen. With his glove in Game 1 and his bat in Game 2, Verdugo fueled his team to a most satisfying sweep. Both games were seven innings.
After hanging on for a 3-2 win in Game 1 on Verdugo’s clutch diving catch, Boston turned the tables on Twins ace José Berríos and the bullpen in the fifth inning of a 7-1 conquest in Game 2. The surging Sox have won nine in a row after losing their first three games of the season.
As you might have guessed, Verdugo was a key component of the stirring six-run rally that turned a 1-0 deficit on its ear. The left-handed-hitting outfielder roped a two-out two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie.
And when Verdugo came up again in the seventh, he unloaded for a solo homer to cap his memorable day and night. The rocket to right roared off Verdugo’s bat at an exit velocity of 109.4 mph and went a projected distance of 406 feet.
Manager Alex Cora’s squad will go for a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon.