Before Monday, Pablo Reyes hadn’t hit a home run in nearly two years. He picked a great time to end that streak, belting a walk-off grand slam to give the Red Sox a 6-2 victory over the Royals.
Pablo Reyes Home Run
For Boston, Reyes’ unlikely bomb gave the team a much-needed win. The slumping Red Sox had lost four in a row and seven of their last eight, tumbling five games behind the Blue Jays for the third Wild Card spot.
With its season seemingly on the brink, Boston desperately needed a spark. And Reyes, who had already doubled, singled and scored both of his team’s runs in a 2-2 game, delivered a miracle.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Reyes yanked a 1-0 pitch from Carlos Hernandez over the Green Monster in left for his first home run since Sept. 5, 2021, sending Fenway Park into a frenzy.
For Reyes, it was easily the biggest hit of his season, if not his career. He wasn’t even a member of the team on Opening Day, as Boston didn’t purchase his contract from the A’s until May 12.
Right now, that’s looking like a pretty good signing for Chaim Bloom. Reyes has proven to be a vital bench player for the Red Sox, batting .312 with a .773 OPS and helping fill in at shortstop with Trevor Story on the mend.
Toronto also won on Monday, however, with a 3-1 win over the Guardians, so Boston didn’t gain any ground in the Wild Card race. But for the first time since last week, the Red Sox didn’t lose any ground, either.
With 50 games to go, Boston still has a lot of baseball left to play. If the Red Sox do end up making the playoffs, we may look back on this game as the day that Pablo Reyes saved the season.