Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Nunez provides instant spark to Sox offense

BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: Eduardo Nunez
BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: Eduardo Nunez /

Recently acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez provides an instant spark to Boston Red Sox lineup to help the Sox snap the Royals 9-game win streak with a 9-8 walk off win in 10 innings.

After just 2-games as a member of the Boston Red Sox, newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez is providing the Sox lineup with a much needed spark.

It  began Friday night when Nunez made his Red Sox debut, going 2-3 with a pair a singles in a series of patient, well disciplined at bats.

Last night Nunez showed Red Sox fans why his name was so highly rumored in trade talks for Boston.

The 30-year old veteran went 3-6 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI on Saturday night, putting Nunez at a .556 batting average(5/9) in his first few games in Boston.

BOSTON, MA – JULY 29: Eduardo Nunez
BOSTON, MA – JULY 29: Eduardo Nunez /

Contribution of Rafael Devers

Its only been a span of 4 games in the majors for rookie third baseman Rafael Devers, but Boston has received some significant production since the call-up.

Devers is hitting .294 while playing fairly acceptation defense for the Boston Red Sox at the hot corner.

His bat has also shown more pop than Boston’s previous third base options this season.  In that mix are Pablo Sandoval, Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin.

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The 20-year Devers homered for his first major league hit, which measured at 427 feet to center-field in Seattle.

Co-MVP’s of the night

The crucial contribution of the night came from the offense from catchers, Sandy Leon and Christain Vazquez.

Vazquez made the start tonight, going 3/4 with 2 RBI.  He was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Ironically the last Red Sox catcher to come a home run short of cycle was Vazquez on April 11 vs the Orioles.

Brock Holt would later pinch run for Vazquez, bringing Sandy Leon behind the plate. Then in the 10th inning, Leon kicked off Boston’s walk-off rally with a leadoff double.

Nunez would score Leon on a grounder to win it for the Red Sox and keep Boston 0.5 a game behind the 1st place New York Yankees.

Next: It’s time for the Red Sox to part ways with David Price

The Red Sox and Royals wrap up the series, Sunday with an early 1:35 pm first pitch start.