When the Boston Red Sox signed Justin Turner, there was no doubt he would be one of those veteran players with character who would be a solid bat in the lineup.
Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, Kevin Millar and the list goes on of veteran bats who have sparked the Red Sox in seasons past. Turner doesn’t bring much of the power of a Napoli, but he is a veteran presence the team needs and if he played on one of those teams in the past, he would be more of a folk hero around Boston.
With the Red Sox treading water to stay at or above .500 this season, Turner is one of those players keeping the positivity going in the clubhouse and on the field, well, he is doing his part to keep the team mostly competitive. Take Friday night’s blowout win against the New York Yankees.
Red Sox, Justin Turner flex their muscles vs Yankees at Fenway Park
In the 15-5 rout at Fenway Park, Turner had himself a night. In fact, the entire Red Sox offense exploded with the red bearded veteran getting things going in the first inning with a double and later scored the first run of the game on an RBI double off the bat of Masataka Yoshida who went 4-for-4 on the night.
An inning later, Turner hit this two-run blast that really got things going.
Oh, what a night!
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Turner was HIM on Friday night and had Fenway Park rocking, especially when he came up in the third with bases loaded. If Yankees pitching was barely hanging onto the ropes, the Sox slugger really delivered the knockout punch with this gland slam.
In a season that does seem like the team is on the blink of disaster, there are nights like Friday night and players like Turner who give Red Sox fans hope that the team and hang around and battle for a Wild Card spot. Now batting .278 on the season with 10 homers and 36 RBIs, Turner obviously felt good about the offensive onslaught and approach at the plate.
"“Obviously for everyone, it was just good offense all the way around,” Turner said, via MLB.com. “And using the whole field, too. Our left-handed hitters wore out the Monster all night for nine innings and found ways to get on base. I think 15 runs and 17 hits, that’s pretty good offense.”"
With Rafael Devers and Yoshida doing their thing in the lineup, what Turner is doing at the plate for the Boston Red Sox is a must for this team to keep breathing a little life.
With Adam Duvall back in the lineup and perhaps Triston Casas coming around, there could be more nights like Friday night at Fenway Park.