Verdugo Strikes Again

05/02/2023 Verdugo Strikes Again

By: Jeff Yoder

Alex Verdugo Hits 3rd Game-Ending Walk-Off Hit for Red Sox This Season

Not one. Not two. Make it the third time this season Alex Verdugo has won a game with a walk-off hit for the Red Sox. The 26-year-old stepped to the plate last night as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 9th in a 5-5 game against the Blue Jays at Fenway. With a 1-1 count, he smashed a game-winning solo shot over right-center. The Red Sox (16-14) have now won three games off Verdugo’s bat, but this was the first to clear the fence. He joins Bobby Bonds (’73) and Andruw Jones (’99) as the third player with three walk-offs in the first 30 games of a season. And the Red Sox are riding a three-game win streak in the loaded AL East.


Watch: Verdugo Hits 3rd Walk-Off of 2023 for Red Sox


MLB Quick-Hitters


Guardians Rally to Top YanksThe Guardians stole one from the Yankees with a three-run rally in the 9th inning (3-2) to hand New York its fourth straight loss. The Yankees (15-15) are now .500 and dead last in the AL East.


Murphy Hits Two 3-Run HRs: The Braves held off the Mets on Monday (9-8) thanks to two 3-run homers from Sean Murphy (2-for-4, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs). Spencer Strider (5 IP, 8 Ks) improved to 4-0 with the win, and Murphy now has eight HRs on the year. The Mets won Game 2 of the doubleheader (5-3).


Dodgers Roll to Top of NL West: The Dodgers pounded the Phillies (14-3) with runs scored in seven out of eight frames for their fourth straight win. Four Dodgers went yard, and Los Angeles (17-13) jumped the Diamondbacks (16-13) in the NL West standings to retake control of the division after a rough start.


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