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The Boston Red Sox have won their first series in 2019. It may be April 21st but the important part is it finally has happened! With a stunning game-winning pick-off by Christian Vazquez, the Red Sox narrowly beat the Rays 6-5 on Saturday. Boston jumps to 8-13 with the win.
Let’s talk about that Vazquez pick-off a little more in-depth. The Rays had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom 9th. Obviously, they trailed by just one run. Ryan Braiser was tasked with picking up the save, but he looked dicey. After Brasier fired a fastball on the inside part of the plate, Vazquez ripped a throw down to first to nab the unsuspecting Tommy Pham for the final out. Steve Pearce deserves praise for this play, too. He originally was playing the bag but crept out from behind Pham to first base.
While this was the defining moment, this was a fun game for Boston on multiple fronts. We saw Andrew Benintendi hit his first grand slam on a low line-drive the other way. Meanwhile, Michael Chavis had his first at-bat in the big leagues and ripped a 110 mph double to straight center field.
Rick Porcello made his finest start of 2019. He enjoyed 5 and 2/3 innings of two earned run baseball. The right-hander also struck out five and walked one. His ERA has been lowered to 8.47 on the season.