The Red Sox may have gotten blown out 11-3 by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, but that did not stop the dynamic left side of Boston’s infield from making history.
That’s right. With his 30th home run off the season off right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning on Wednesday, Rafael Devers joined Xander Bogaerts as the only teammates in the history of baseball to hit at least 30 homers and 50 doubles in the same season.
The solo shot, which had an exit velocity of 111.1 MPH and traveled approximately 384 feet off the bat to the right field seats, broke up a no-hitter and put the Sox on the board at 4-1.
Bogaerts picked up his 30th big fly of 2019 in a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on August 28th, his second of two on the night.
According to Red Sox Notes, “Devers is only the 11th player ever with 30+ HR, 100+ RBI, and 100+ runs in a season, all before turning 23 years old.” The players that accomplished that feat before him?
Not too shabby of a club to be a member of.
In addition to that:
Devers now joins Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez as the only three Red Sox hitters with 30 or more homers this season. Mookie Betts is two away from reaching that mark with 28 on the year, and it looks like he may have the chance to get to the big 3-0 this weekend in Tampa Bay if he is deemed fit enough to DH.
Despite not making it to the playoffs in what has been a disappointing World Series-defending campaign, the Red Sox lineup has still provided plenty of firepower.