Red Sox highlights: Hanley Ramirez’s 15th inning blast jolts Sox past Jays

BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez
BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez /

Hanley Ramirez flexed his muscles with a powerful home run to lift the Boston Red Sox their second walk-off win in the past five days.

It was another long game for the Boston Red Sox.  With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the 15th inning, Hanley Ramirez sent the Fenway faithful home with a mammoth blast that went deep into the night.

The Red Sox 5-4 walk-off victory over the Toronto Blue Jays happened just moments after it was announced that the New York Yankees of all times traded for Todd Frazier.

Maybe it was a bit of irony that the one man who can lift the stagnant Red Sox offense found a way to deliver.

With Boston’s pitching once again leading the way, it was good to see the offense, particularly Ramirez, come through.

"“That’s a good win,” Ramirez said following the game, via The Boston Herald.  “That’s a good win, but it’s not the year.  We’ve got to keep winning and winning.”"

It was a game that also saw Ramirez play first base for one of the few times this year.  In fact, if he can find a way to play more games at first and produce the way he has been producing the last few games, it may open up options for the team to acquire another power hitter.

BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez
BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez /

But, of course, the team at hand can’t worry about outside help.  Ramirez said the team has to believe in themselves and continue to work hard.

"“Pretty good players, but I believe in our team,” Ramirez said when told about the Yankees’ deal.  “We’ll just see.  We have to keep pushing to the limit.”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"

More lengthy games

Pushing it to the limit is what this team has done over the last few games.  With great pitching and a struggling offense, the Red Sox have played some of the longest games in MLB.

The 15-inning marathon was the second game in the last couple games that went extra innings.  The team lost to the Yankees in a 16-inning game on Saturday before playing a doubleheader on Sunday.

Despite the length of games, the team has continued to battle.  It is something Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell believes his team deserves credit for.

"“Credit to our guys,” Farrell said.  “We’re in tight games throughout, there’s high stress to pitches, high stress to plays, they’ve done an outstanding job to go through this stretch of four days that we’ve just come through.”"

These are the types of games that can help the team down the stretch and into the playoffs.

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Hopefully, the offense will come around or Dave Dombrowski can find a power-hitting savior out there…somewhere.